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Obama Tells Marines Al-Qaeda Is Near ‘Defeat,’ ‘Decimated’

The same "on the run" narrative even after a conference call shows al-Zawahiri's affiliates aren't so disjointed after all.

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Bridget Johnson

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August 7, 2013 - 4:53 pm
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On Fox Tuesday night, King slammed Obama’s “schizophrenic policy” of “on the one hand often going after al-Qaeda leaders or on the other hand telling the American people and the world that al-Qaeda has been defeated and that we can go back to a pre-9/11 situation.”

“It caused our allies to be concerned and it emboldens our enemies,” he added.

It has emboldened the proponents of the NSA’s data mining programs, which have been under attack by a core group of privacy advocates on Capitol Hill since the Edward Snowden leaks about PRISM.

“We know that al Qaeda and other people out there want to attack us and kill us and our allies. The good news is that we picked up intelligence. And that’s what we do. That’s what NSA does. NSA’s sole purpose is to get information intelligence to protect Americans from attack,” House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) said Sunday.

“…And these people who work at NSA are hard-working people who follow the law. In fact, we have lost 20 members of the people working for NSA in Iraq and Afghanistan attempting to get information to help the troops,” he continued. “Now, this issue of metadata and that we’re violating the law is just not true. That’s absurd.”

Speaking with reporters aboard Air Force One en route to Phoenix yesterday, White House press secretary Jay Carney was challenged on the administration’s continuing assertion that the core of al-Qaeda is defeated when the intercepted call clearly shows that the core is expanding its reach through coordination with affiliates.

“There is no question that core al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been severely diminished, its leadership decimated, and there’s no question that it’s on the run.  For many years now it has become — it has been less organized and less capable of directing attacks on the scale that it was able to do most notably on 9/11. And that remains the case,” Carney said.

Carney also maintained that Obama’s statements in May, particularly that “none of AQAP’s efforts approach the scale of 9/11,” were prescient and accurately reflect “what we’re seeing now.”

“And when it comes to al-Qaeda core, to the extent that they play a role, it is, in our view, inspirational,” he added.

The Associated Press — a target of Justice Department snooping for its May story about a thwarted AQAP plot that blew a hole in the Obama campaign’s narrative about a decimated al-Qaeda — freely countered Carney: “Far from being on the brink of collapse, Al Qaeda’s core leadership remains a potent threat – and one that experts say has encouraged the terror network’s spread into more countries today than it was operating in immediately after 9/11.”

King praised the fact that the administration responded to the latest threat, but also echoed concerns that in mapping out the scope of the threat for publicity points too many sensitive details were revealed.

“If I was giving out information, yes, too much has been given out. And if you notice myself and others we are careful to say that this intelligence, it’s credible intelligence and it gives specifics regarding a massive attack,” the congressman said on Fox.

“But this other information that you know, you have been talking about and has been in the media. That should never have been disclosed because that does talk about, if it’s true, it certainly — it tips off the enemy about our strategies, about our means and the abilities that we have to a sources and methods. And that’s wrong. That should not have happened,” King continued.

“There’s no need to go beyond saying we have very credible evidence of a very serious attack and it could be primarily in the Middle East but also other parts of the world.”

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Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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An insufferable fabricator is an insufferable fabricator, of course, of course
And no one can talk sense to an insufferable fabricator, of course
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Does any sane person even believe anymore a single thing he has to say?
An insufferable fabricator is an insufferable fabricator, of course, of course
And this one’ll talk in prevaricating circles til his voice is hoarse
You never heard of a talking insufferable fabricator?
Well, listen to this
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To "decimate" is to reduce by one tenth. It does NOT mean to "nearly eradicate", as some seem to think.

Ignorance is ignorance, no matter what popularity it enjoys.
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Obama's talking to the wrong crowd if he's trying to sell the idea AQ is in trouble because we got some of their top dogs. One of the things that make the Marine Corps so effective is their ability to have lower ranks take charge if higher ups get whacked. Leadership is instilled in all Marines no matter what rank. They are also smart enough to know that if they can do it others can too. Yelling We Won and walking away is not truly winning.
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36 weeks ago
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They're defeated, but apparently they can still force the US to abandon a couple of dozen Embassies with a phone call.
36 weeks ago
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He told Marines this! What a dispicable insult!
36 weeks ago
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When Obama tells me things are going well, that I'm safe and secure, I suddenly feel a sense impending doom.
36 weeks ago
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Much like the character Jonathan Harris perfected in the 1960's Irwin Allen TV series, Lost In Space.

Dr Smith, ever plotting to get what he wants, undermines the Robinson's safety on a regular basis, lies about it, and then blames others for the way things turn out.

I think it was probably Obama's favorite show as a kid since he has modeled his very life after it.
36 weeks ago
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The Obamessiah want to appear as resolved and tough but the only thing he manages is weak and clownish.
37 weeks ago
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Frankly, I no longer listen to or read transcripts of anything the little king says. I do pay attention to what he does, and that is what keeps me from sleeping well.
37 weeks ago
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Ignorance is ignoance true . Look to yourself
decimate ,per Webster has two meanings,the literate 1/10th and also to destroy a great number
37 weeks ago
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I'm old enough to remember what the phrase 'tell it to the Marines' means.
37 weeks ago
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Another de facto lie from the liar in chief. It matters not what they call themselves, there are more violent Islamist than ever before, in more countries than before, and wiser and potentially more capable and violent than ever before!
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In front of that audience, Barack Obama has as much credibility as Baghdad Bob.
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