“Misjudging al Qaeda”
“Anyone following the news…noticed the…parade of Obama…officials trotted out…to insist their boss…has always understood the serious and ongoing threat presented by al Qaeda and its affiliates—emphasis on affiliates. The assurances came after…the administration…shutter nearly two dozen U.S. embassies…for several days. These assurances were necessary because the president…spent the better part of the last year…telling the American people that…al Qaeda…would soon be gone.
No one is talking about the demise of al Qaeda today. …the administration is struggling to explain why a group nearing elimination has caused the world’s greatest power to shutter and evacuate so many of its overseas facilities.
This dissonance has been a common feature of Obama’s counterterror strategy. (It might be more accurate to say that it’s been a defining characteristic of his actions in the absence of a strategy.)”