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Obama ‘Inviting the Whirlwind’ by Neglecting Blooming al-Qaeda Strongholds, Affiliates ‘Spreading Like Wildfire’

Lieberman: "Mr. President, there are three more years in which you're going to be commander in chief. A lot of what you're doing now is not protecting our security."

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Bridget Johnson

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January 15, 2014 - 5:23 pm
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WASHINGTON — The House Homeland Security Committee today heard from a panel including two former Democratic lawmakers and a four-star general that al-Qaeda is not on the run and the nation’s safety depends on recognizing “this cancer out there.”

And there was a strong message to a White House accused of ignoring mounting terrorist growth in Africa, the Middle East and the Caucasus region while fixating on the assassination of Osama bin Laden and a “decimated” core of his terror organization.

“Mr. President, there are three more years in which you’re going to be commander in chief,” former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) testified. “A lot of what you’re doing now is not protecting our security and diminishing our credibility.”

Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) said he called the hearing because “the president’s rhetoric on the threat of al-Qaeda and its franchises are in stark contrast to the reality we are witnessing in the Middle East and Northern Africa.”

“Protecting this nation requires that we correctly identify the threats against it. It also requires that the United States lead on the world stage. I am increasingly concerned that we are doing very little of both,” he added, giving the Fort Hood “workplace violence” designation and Benghazi as examples.

“Foremost in the narrative is the administration’s frequent use of the ‘core al-Qaeda’ concept. This is a false construct in my judgement and misleading for a number of reasons. Today, there is no central al-Qaeda nucleus. References to a ‘core al-Qaeda’ imply that its defeat would dismantle terrorist efforts around the world and eliminate the terrorist threat to the homeland. This is not the case. Over time, the term ‘al-Qaeda’ has come to symbolize an ideology of hate toward the West with a goal of establishment of a caliphate, rule by Sharia law and the pathway there through violent jihad,” McCaul continued.

“Terrorist groups are multiplying. They are spreading like wildfire across Northern Africa…Our lack of leadership has damaged our standing in the world, and created a power vacuum being filled by terrorists who are prospering in our absence.”

Lieberman, Al Gore’s onetime running mate who went independent in 2006 after he was defeated in a Democratic primary over his hawkish foreign policy, said after 9/11 “the overwhelming focus of our government and of the American people was on the threat of terrorism.”

“Twelve years later, that is no longer the case,” he added, noting that the decreased attention stems from the lack of catastrophic attacks on the homeland since 2001.

“Pride in this achievement, however, must be tempered by an awareness of several harsh realities. First, al Qaeda and its affiliates remain a ruthless, determined, and adaptive adversary. Second, the underlying ideology that inspires and drives al-Qaeda to attack us and our allies—the ideology of violent Islamist extremism — is neither defeated nor exhausted,” Lieberman said. “It manifests itself not just in al-Qaeda but in terrorist organizations that are either unaffiliated with al-Qaeda or loosely affiliated with it.”

Lieberman criticized voices “on both sides of the political spectrum” who say the terror threat is receding or advocate isolation as “badly and dangerously mistaken.”

“Put very bluntly, I do not see a credible or coherent U.S. strategy right now for exactly those countries — Syria, Iraq, and Libya — that most threaten to emerge as al-Qaeda’s newest and most dangerous footholds — places, from which terrorist attacks against our homeland can and will originate,” he said.

One estimate puts more foreign fighters in Syria now than in Iraq and Afghanistan combined over the past decade as jihadists fight against the Free Syrian Army.

“This failure, it should be added, has consequences for our national security that extend far beyond counterterrorism. Across the Middle East and beyond, the credibility of American leadership is being questioned as it has not been for a very long time. Among friends and enemies alike, there are doubts about our staying power; questions about our reliability as an ally; and suspicions that, at the end of the day, we will hesitate to back up our promises and historic commitments with the use of force — if necessary,” Lieberman continued. “This is the reality of how the United States is seen right now in too much of the rest of the world.”

“The Obama administration has repeatedly narrowed the rhetorical scope of this conflict from what it criticized as an amorphous and open-ended ‘war on terrorism’ to an armed conflict against a discrete and identifiable group: al-Qaeda and its affiliates,” a strategy he called “inadequate” because “al-Qaeda as an organization can be eviscerated, but it will regenerate as long as the ideology that inspires it survives.”

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I have really ugly news for you.

The NSA is spying on everyone because they know they are spreading everywhere. The NSA is spying here, because...they know they are already here. Obama and Kerry know. Iran knows. Hagel knows. Clinton knows.

They are here.

Isolationists have their stupid wish. We won't be fighting them "over there".

And all those tough words reserved for "those dirty Jews" who understand and defend against it every day...will whimper and curl under their beds. They are here. Waiting.

Benghazi wasn't about some stupid video. And...it wasn't about some stupid "image problem". That is wholly illogical.

Obama and Clinton own the media, Hollywood and academia. They can crush any story in its tracks. It would get no traction. They know it.

Benghazi was about a double secret deal. Iran is about a double secret deal. Syria is about a double secret deal.

The communists will sacrifice American power...to be eaten last. They will take away the guns of bitter clingers and run them to drug cartels. A million Che's set loose among 13 million Dreamers.

We are no longer in the stage of sowing the whirlwind. The harvest moon is here.

Obama and Kerry and Hagel and Clinton know it. They desperately need help. They think Iran can provide it. And giving away Israel is a small, trifling price to pay.

Obama has a pen and a phone, Clinton already knows that at this point it no longer matters and Kerry wants to sue for peace.

They are already here. And drones overhead weren't deployed in Benghazi....because we were in the middle of a double secret deal. THAT is what Stevens was doing there on THAT date.

We got double crossed. And Obama and Kerry and Clinton and Rice and Jarrett had to arrest and jail an innocent man to cover it.

Nah...couldn't be. Never mind.

It's just "liberals" being "incompetent".


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"One estimate puts more foreign fighters in Syria now than in Iraq and Afghanistan combined over the past decade as jihadists fight against the Free Syrian Army."

Say what? Most of the jihadists in Syria are fighting against Assad, the Alawites and the Christians, not for them.

"a strategy he called “inadequate” because “al-Qaeda as an organization can be eviscerated, but it will regenerate as long as the ideology that inspires it survives.”

That ideology is called Islam and it gets it's inspiration from the Koran and all Muslim's "Perfect Man", Mohammad..
44 weeks ago
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We will be a full Century repairing the damage Obama is leaving us.
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43 weeks ago
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It's really sad that people like Liebermann are only now speaking out against our incompetent president. Where were you guys when we needed you? How about you too Mr. Panetta.
44 weeks ago
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Jane Harmon? are you kidding me? She could have been truthful during her tenure but she chose politics instead. Fought bitterly for reelection then bolted for a think tank job. Yes she had an important congressional job but and sometimes talked truth but always pulled back for her party. Stabbed GW in the back at every chance while explaining that he was basically right.
To the naysayers, just who would you pick for leader of the Free world not just the english speaking? Lets not multiply our collective stupidity, which is what isolation will get us.
44 weeks ago
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I agree with you. Jane Harmon is a fool who is blindly parroting the liberal line. She's deluding herself if she thinks the inept Kerry will succeed with an Israeli/Palestinian peace deal and that Iranians will play nice if we lift sanctions. No matter what Obama wants us to believe and how much he pleads "just give peace a chance", diplomacy and concessions will never work when you're dealing with savages whose stated aim is to see the U.S. and Israel destroyed.
44 weeks ago
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This is one purpose, just like all his other "incompetence." All of it.
44 weeks ago
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By the way, the attempt to take guns away from citizens had stayed as classy as we should expect. A story you have not heard outside of Milwaukee...your Eric Holder government is taking mentally ill people, making them get neck tattoos of an octopus smoking a joint and having them buy guns at storefront shops... then arresting them.

Far fetched? Ask the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Ahhh, probably just " liberals" being " incompetent ".

And " hyperbole". "Exaggeration". "Hysteric"

Never fear...a stern note has been sent. And a year of nothing in the Eric Holder investigation of Eric Holder is so " unexpected".

A committee to investigate how to write stern notes is being assembled, in order to give the appearance of taking " action" to defend us...we are in the best of hands.
44 weeks ago
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Re:
"“Protecting this nation requires that we correctly identify the threats against it. It also requires that the United States lead on the world stage."

The latter sentence?...not so. Simply not so.

There's a major problem with our "leading on the world stage" and that is that only the English Speaking Union countries, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the countries of the British Isles can be relied upon to help us as they've done in the past. They in turn simply do not have the material resources in cash and manpower to offer all that much help because their populations are so much smaller than ours, so...their tax base is infinitely smaller than ours...and, they of course have their own domestic problems.

We're running out of cash and public "will" to do the World's fighting for it while most of the beneficiaries of our trying for stability around the World's trouble- spots stand in the wings and hold our coats.

The French? The Brazilians? The Italians? The Chinese? The Russians? The Swedes and Norwegians? Not much help for us Ameddicans[sic] from them. Lots of their continual anti-Ammedican[sic] criticism, of course.

And, let's hear no more of this "we must fill the vacuums left by our withdrawals" from these Muslim cesspools lest these Jack-in-the-box throat-slitting Muslims fill any voids.

Look at Iraq and Afghanistan.....honestly.....from an American standpoint. We could stay there for a century while they slit our throats in the shadows, and accomplish.....what?...exactly? In that 101st withdrawal-year, there will be an overt rather than covert take-back of that wretched Muslim arena after we've shed so much young American blood.

This is why I repeatedly advocate containment and isolation of Muslim controlled areas as during the soviet Cold War era. Who from around the World will help us defend our American Homeland?

Who, exactly?

44 weeks ago
44 weeks ago Link To Comment
I have really ugly news for you.

The NSA is spying on everyone because they know they are spreading everywhere. The NSA is spying here, because...they know they are already here. Obama and Kerry know. Iran knows. Hagel knows. Clinton knows.

They are here.

Isolationists have their stupid wish. We won't be fighting them "over there".

And all those tough words reserved for "those dirty Jews" who understand and defend against it every day...will whimper and curl under their beds. They are here. Waiting.

Benghazi wasn't about some stupid video. And...it wasn't about some stupid "image problem". That is wholly illogical.

Obama and Clinton own the media, Hollywood and academia. They can crush any story in its tracks. It would get no traction. They know it.

Benghazi was about a double secret deal. Iran is about a double secret deal. Syria is about a double secret deal.

The communists will sacrifice American power...to be eaten last. They will take away the guns of bitter clingers and run them to drug cartels. A million Che's set loose among 13 million Dreamers.

We are no longer in the stage of sowing the whirlwind. The harvest moon is here.

Obama and Kerry and Hagel and Clinton know it. They desperately need help. They think Iran can provide it. And giving away Israel is a small, trifling price to pay.

Obama has a pen and a phone, Clinton already knows that at this point it no longer matters and Kerry wants to sue for peace.

They are already here. And drones overhead weren't deployed in Benghazi....because we were in the middle of a double secret deal. THAT is what Stevens was doing there on THAT date.

We got double crossed. And Obama and Kerry and Clinton and Rice and Jarrett had to arrest and jail an innocent man to cover it.

Nah...couldn't be. Never mind.

It's just "liberals" being "incompetent".


44 weeks ago
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Obama is a fool ... a walking, talking and charming fool. Curiously absent from all the above rhetoric included in Bridget's post, is ANY reference to the Muslim Brotherhood and its broad and tentacled entanglement with Jarret and wonder-boy Obama here at home. The Muslim Brotherhood is instructing Obama to emphasize and use the term, "Al Qaeda", simply to deflect attention from itself. We allow criminal Muslim organisations (like CAIR and ISNA just to name two); to savage us here at home by waging political jihad against us. Obama has MB advisers period ... so does Clinton;
but our gatekeepers are too spineless to call them out.
"Lone wolf" attacks are now our biggest threat at home ... Obama has opened wide the door and invited them in by his obscene relationship with the MB.
44 weeks ago
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Don't forget Huma Abadeen (sp?). Hillary's "closest or is that closet" advisor.
44 weeks ago
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Fools like him will get us all killed someday.
44 weeks ago
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Approaching 13 years after 9/11, why do I feel as though the battle against rabid Islamism is only in its opening stages?
44 weeks ago
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".......the ‘core al-Qaeda’ concept."

al-Qaeda means the base. It provides a base operating religious and military philosophy. That is all. It can be adapted to be used against any enemy of Islam.
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