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Memo to CinC: The Jihadis Are Alive and Well

Obama's Strategy Promotes Terrorist Attack

By Mark Alexander · Aug. 15, 2013
“A universal peace … is in the catalogue of events, which will never exist but in the imaginations of visionary philosophers, or in the breasts of benevolent enthusiasts.” –James Madison (1792)
Coming To America

According to Adm. Mike Mullen, Barack Obama’s former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, “The single, biggest threat to our national security is our debt.” Indeed, the “Obama debt bomb” dropped on America will inevitably lead to insolvency, unless there is a resurgence of the economy or inflation, or both, which might devalue that debt and defuse the bomb. (Of course, Obama never mentions that threat in his unending campaign to tax and spend the nation into bankruptcy.)

But there is another perilous hazard, which has been and remains more immediate than the national debt threat.

As his approval ratings continue to sink, Obama seeks to maintain the allegiance of his green peacenik core constituency by trumpeting his ordered withdrawal from Iraq and his pending ordered withdrawal from Afghanistan. He justifies these withdrawals by asserting that the risk of Islamic terrorism is greatly diminished, though clearly, as soon as we withdrew from Iraq, terror networks sprouted again.

In a high-profile May speech at the National Defense University, Obama framed his perception of the war against terrorism, saying, “This war, like all wars, must end.”

“Al-Qa'ida in Afghanistan and Pakistan is on the path to defeat,” he insisted. “Their remaining operatives spend more time thinking about their own safety than plotting against us.”

This assertion is a continuation of a recurring political theme from his 2012 re-election campaign, when Obama said, “[W]orking with Joe Biden and our national security team, we’ve been able to decimate al-Qa'ida. … Al-Qa'ida has been decimated, Osama bin Laden is dead.” (Of course, that same cynical campaign theme was precisely why his administration’s political operatives changed the narrative talking points about the Benghazi attack.)

However, despite his false and repetitive contentions that al-Qa'ida was on its heals, on the ropes, in retreat and decimated, Obama qualified those assertions in his NDU speech, noting, “What we’ve seen is the emergence of various al-Qa'ida affiliates. From Yemen to Iraq, from Somalia to North Africa, the threat today is more diffuse, with al-Qa'ida’s affiliates in the Arabian Peninsula – AQAP – the most active in plotting against our homeland.”

So now the administration is differentiating between “al-Qa'ida core,” which was and remains a network of terrorist organizations and cells linked primarily by an ideological Islamist script, versus “al-Qa'ida affiliates,” which are a network of terrorist organizations and cells linked primarily by an ideological Islamist script.

This parsing should be filed under “distinctions without a difference.”

For the record, killing Islamist Sheik Osama bin Laden was about justice; it did little or nothing to end the increasing threat of Islamic terrorism. Granted, it was a terrorist cell under Osama’s direction that perpetrated the 9/11 attack on our nation, but the Islamofascist threat is far wider and deeper than al-Qa'ida or al-Qa'ida affiliates, and has grown steadily under Obama’s watch.

The “affiliation” between Muslim terrorist groups is based on a pervasive Islamist ideology, and misunderstanding that connection is lethal.

Fortunately, regardless of how Obama tries to downplay that threat and our war to contain it, our national defense and intelligence leaders and organizations currently remain focused on those Islamist threat vectors, and our efforts to exterminate them have not diminished.

But what may soon alter that focus is Obama’s mandate that terrorist attacks on U.S. citizens and facilities, whether at home or abroad, are to be treated as “criminal acts.” This accounts for why the Obama administration refuses to condemned the slaughter of American soldiers at Ft. Hood by Islamist Nidal Hasan as a “terrorist act,” opting instead to classify that incident as “workplace violence.” And this policy shift was made clear with a recent Obama administration “leak” concerning “sealed indictments” issued for the perpetrators of the Benghazi attack. That, combined with deep military cuts, will inevitably undermine our “war on terror” ops tempo.

If Obama’s policy shift sounds familiar, recall if you will that treating terrorism as a criminal act was the same policy position that the Clinton administration embraced, and that paved the way for the 9/11 attack.

After the twin 1998 al-Qa'ida bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, the Sudanese government twice offered Osama to the United States, but the Clinton administration declined, citing a lack of evidence to prosecute him.

By 2001, the U.S. military was severely downsized, and the Justice Department and CIA operated under very restrictive Clinton budgets and mandates. In other words, our offensive and defensive capabilities were weaker than at any time since the Carter administration.

Clinton’s final national security policy directive in December 2000 didn’t mention “al-Qa'ida” even once in its 45,000-word text. That directive laid bare the Clinton administration’s “strategy” of swatting flies – of lobbing the occasional cruise missile toward an empty tent and of treating terrorists as mere “fugitives” who should be extradited to “answer for their crimes.”

Michael Scheuer, the former CIA chief of the team responsible for hunting bin Laden, confirmed with great disdain that SpecOps had not one but two opportunities to kill OBL before 9/11. With bin Laden literally in their sights, however, Clinton pulled the plug on both operations.

Now, Obama’s attempt to revert to the Clinton model for terrorist prosecution betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of Islamic Jihad.

Obama’s policy shift is also driven by his deference to “cultural sensitivity and diversity.” Because Obama refuses to recognize that virtually every terrorist act in the last five decades has been perpetrated by Islamists, he has failed for the last five years to define any broader spectrum of Islamist terrorism than that with the al-Qa'ida label.

According to Obama, in his address to the UN General Assembly last year, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” Obama has repeatedly reaffirmed “that the United States is not and never will be at war with Islam. … Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims.”

CIA Director John Brennan, in his former capacity as senior adviser for Homeland Security, obsequiously insisted, “Al-Qa'ida is the antithesis of the peace, tolerance and humanity that is the hallmark of Islam.” He further asserted, “If the decade before 9/11 was the time of al-Qa'ida’s rise and the decade after 9/11 was the time of its decline, then I believe this decade will be the one that sees its demise.”

“Peace, tolerance and humanity that is the hallmark of Islam”?

In fact, the name “Al-Qa'ida” is used ubiquitously to represent the embodiment of all Islamic terrorism, which enables the Obama administration to package this enemy as if it were clearly defined, thus avoiding any offense to Muslims in general. What this characterization deemphasizes is the much larger web that supports terrorism – such as the Taliban and Muslim Brotherhood.

Yemen is a fine example of Obama’s misunderstanding of the broader Islamic threat. Within days of his meeting with the president of Yemen, during which he heralded that nation as a key ally in the defeat of al-Qa'ida, threats from Islamic terror groups within that same country forced the shutdown of 19 embassies and consulates in the Middle East. (Those Yemeni terror groups, by the way, are managed and directed by former Guantánamo detainees who Obama released to Saudi Arabia in 2009.)

Islamic terrorist groups throughout the Middle East, Asia and Africa are not bound together and directed by al-Qa'ida. They are bonded by the toxic teachings of Wahhabism and other Muslim variants, and they are directed by the Q'uran’s “holy war” against “the enemies of Allah.”

Thus, shortly after 9/11, The Patriot Post coined the name “Jihadistan” to describe the international corpus of these asymmetric enemies. Jihadistan is a borderless nation of Islamic extremists around the world. These extremists seek to attack the U.S. and its interests anywhere, and to disable our economy using any terrorist means at their disposal in order to undermine our political, military and cultural support for liberty around the world, particularly in predominantly Muslim countries.

Despite Obama’s grand claims to the contrary, the al-Qa'ida organization once headed by bin Laden is resurgent and metastasizing. And like-minded Islamists are digging their roots in across America.

"I believe that Muslims have ... the right to build a place of worship ... in Lower Manhattan." --Barack Obama

For the last word on this resurgence, I turn to Obama’s former senior adviser on Afghanistan and Pakistan, Bruce Riedel, who wrote in an op-ed concerning al-Qa'ida’s reemergence this month, “Two spectacular al-Qa'ida prison breaks in Iraq, freeing over 500 of its members in two separate prisons simultaneously, demonstrate the group is back with a vengeance. Al-Qa'ida’s Iraq branch is also the moving force behind the jihadist success in Syria. The resurgence of al-Qa'ida in Iraq has sobering implications for what is likely to follow the drawdown of NATO forces in Afghanistan for the al-Qa'ida mother ship in Pakistan.”

Riedel notes further, “At the same time, al-Qa'ida in Iraq has been the moving force behind the birth and growth of al-Qa'ida’s franchise in Syria. One of Zarqawi’s protégés, Muhammad al Golani, was sent by al-Qa'ida in Iraq to set up the al Nusra Front in 2011. By mid-2012 it had become one of the most effective groups in the Syrian opposition movement to Bashar al-Assad’s government. It got considerable support in money, arms, and men from the Iraqi front.”

Riedel concludes, “If American pressure on al-Qa'ida in Pakistan diminishes after the NATO withdrawal of combat forces next year from Afghanistan, we can expect a rapid regeneration of al-Qa'ida in Pakistan. The drones all fly from bases in Afghanistan, without which there is no pressure on al-Qa'ida next door in Pakistan. Iraq is a sobering lesson in what happens when a battered al-Qa'ida movement gets a second chance.”

In a follow-up analysis, “The Coming of al-Qa'ida 3.0,” Riedel summarizes the scope of al-Qa'ida: “The news that al-Qa'ida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and his man in Yemen, Nasr al Wuhayshi, were communicating and hatching plots to attack Western targets in the region is no surprise. … What is new is the rapid growth of these franchises – associated cells and sympathetic movements from Algeria to Aden.”

Here, then, is the bottom line regarding Islamic terror: The “War on Terror” is not over just because Obama insists that it is. And by continuing to convey this falsehood, he is setting up our nation for yet another catastrophic attack, just as Clinton did by the end of his second term.

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Leaping Spark in Brandon said:

Memo to Obama, terrorism will end when all of the Muslims are dead.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:13 PM

notoshariah in CA replied:

Amen to that - Them or us. There are still too many who deny
the fact that ISLAM is an ideology first and then says it is a religion.
Then right now the Christians do not have the will and way that the Crusaders
had. If you do not FIGHT you are lost. BHO has the terrorists here right now . Just go back and learn about how India with a Muslim leader had the Christian British Colonials massacred . They were sitting ducks for
the Muslims to sweep down on them. Are we going to be the same or

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Marth in Grayslake IL replied:

That is not right to say. Only the evil one's should die and wake up with Lucifer in hell and then find out that their Allah had lied - no 72 virgins to reward their weiners.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Abu Nudnik in Toronto replied:

Not true. Not all Muslims a Islamists. While the military, governmental and religious aspects are fused in the tribalism of Islam it is by no means a one-dimensional religion. It became so in the early part of the 20th cent. with the rise of the Brotherhood and Wahhabism.

There needs to be a vigorous military response to Islamism and a vigorous resistance to "creeping Islamism" (ie prayer rooms for Muslims only in public schools) through the courts. But calling for the deaths of all Muslims is wrong because 1) it presents a face of incontinence to our enemies they can use against us, 2) it makes no distinction between religions that really are peaceful and those which are not.

I'm sure saying things like this makes you feel good for a moment but it does incalculable damage to the effort to defeat Islamism.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 3:31 PM

carguy427 in Detroit,MI replied:

Radical Islam was exacerbated by the USSR in order to control the Middle East. While radical Islam may have existed before then, the USSR fanned the flames.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 5:52 PM

riceinwa in Pacific Northwest replied:

Muslims, all muslims, are one prayer meeting from being a walking IED. Otherwise, those who aren't directly involved today in fulfillment of jihad should be raising the roof of their mosque, demanding their imams make it clear that their scripture teaches peace. It doesn't, so they can't, and if they can find some verse that seems to promote a peaceful coexistence with the infidels, I can find ten that require the infidel to be exterminated.
My Bible encourages and rewards me for loving the unbeliever and to bring him/her the good news of Christ Jesus' vicarious death for the payment of their sin; whereas, the islamic bible encourages the muslim to behead me and annihilate the Jew and other non-believing infidels.

So sorry...can't buy what you're selling.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 7:50 PM

Libertas in People's Republic of Minnesota replied:

I don't know what the numbers are (percentage of good, peace-loving Muslims), but I cannot believe ALL of them are ready to fight, destroy and kill the Western culture (specifically America),

It may well be that the good, peace-loving Muslims are just as scared of their jihadist fellow Muslims as the decent, law-abiding blacks are afraid of their race-baiting Black Panther wing.

Thus the evil prevails. I do know that if you paint them all with the same broad brush, it will do more harm than good. Discerning Islamists from Muslims is a start. Being able to clearly define what the difference is from the outside is part of our problem right now.

Encouraging the peace-loving Muslims to speak out and at the same time condemn and distance themselves from the evil-doers in their ranks will enhance and clarify this situation.

If we do not, the fighting will never end and we will be in a perpetual state of war. Unless of course you think we can kill 23.4% of the world population.

According to Wikipedia, as of 2010, over 1.6 billion of the Earth's population, are Muslims.[5]

Friday, August 16, 2013 at 12:13 PM

lysander in New Iberia, LA replied:

A "vigorous military response? Really? Exactly how does one offer "a vigorous military response" to a suicide bomber or a roadside IED? The unintended consequences (i.e. dead and wounded children) created by warships, warplanes, armed drones, and a military occupation cannot defeat an idealogy.

Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 7:16 AM

Libertas in People's Republic of Minnesota replied:

Stop the inflammatory nonsense. If we do not, the fighting will never end and we will be in a perpetual state of war.

Unless of course you honestly think we can kill 23.4% of the world population.

According to Wikipedia, as of 2010, over 1.6 billion of the Earth's population, are Muslims.[5]

Friday, August 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Libertas in People's Republic of Minnesota replied:

Stop the inflammatory nonsense. If we do not, the fighting will never end and we will be in a perpetual state of war. Unless of course you think we can kill 23.4% of the world population.

According to Wikipedia, as of 2010, over 1.6 billion of the Earth's population, are Muslims.[5]

Friday, August 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM

TheTexasCooke in Lockhart,Texas said:

I liked you term "distinctions without a difference." It could equally apply to the Republicans and Democrats in Congress. One party...two names. And I have no use for either.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:22 PM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA replied:

Well we better find a use for some of them. We need those few who honor their duty to the Constitution to become the legislative core around whom we can restore our Representitive Republic.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Richard of CT in Cheshire, CT replied:

I agree with One VA! We have to recognize that there are still a few 'uninfected' representatives in the national legislature. We need to support and strengthen this core and build on it.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:56 PM

Abu Nudnik in Toronto replied:

Absolutely. The way to effect change is not to stand aloof but get involved in getting the right people seated in Congress. With the IRS doing all it can to suppress Tea Party activists, other ways must be found. Washing one's hands of it won't achieve anything.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

It make take another pointed head besides our elected that is constructed of lead and copper to rally around to restore our Free Republic.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 4:34 PM

KirkAdams in Maryland, USA said:

So it’s not al-Qa'ida that is doing terrorist activities, it is al-Qa'ida affiliates. Humm. So, we have two McDonalds in my area. One is corporate owned and one is a franchise. But both have the same menu, and I’m not sure which one is which. Does it really matter?

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:29 PM

wjm in Colorado replied:

Great analogy. Two islamists, one just goes to the mosque and the other a jihadi, one enables and one terrorizes. There is no difference, like the driver of the getaway car, both he and the thief that entered the bank and shot the teller are guilty of murder.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Abu Nudnik in Toronto replied:

The two are much closer than the thief and driver. They are the same with different names.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 3:34 PM

riceinwa in Pacific Northwest replied:

Nope, Kirk, parts is parts...Chicken McNuggets and Islamists. We should be wary of all...

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 7:57 PM

LibertyIsUS in Arlington, VA said:

Thankl you Mark, for staying out front of this administrations rhetoric on Islamic Terror. This Pretender-in-Chief will have this country crushed by 2016 with his socialist policies and tax and spend economics.

We have a way out, if we have time. Read Mark Levin's new book Liberty Amendments for a plan.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Ron L. in American Fork, UT said:

I believe the word "decimate" is a Roman army term where every 10th man was killed. Therefore B.O. and his posse of fools have decimated the terrorist network.

Which means we need to be going after the other 9-of-10 he failed to eliminate.

America is going to pay a painful price, now and down the road, for electing this fool.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:45 PM

sharperpen in Baton Rouge, LA said:


Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM

VietNam Vet in CONCHO AZ. said:

As long as we have a country full of fools who keep on electing those who are destroying this country we deserve what we get. It's sad but true. Best thing we can do is gear up and get ready for the war.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

I did not elect those fools and I have worked to help prevent this slavery we find ourselves in and you cannot educate a programmed brain controlled fool. I and others like me deserve none of this but it make take some very contrary behavior by us to reverse the fall to the Marxist totalitarian tyranny that is befalling us.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 4:40 PM

eod in Covington said:

How come Republicans let Obama and his minions get away with whatever they want to get away with? Can anyone answer that question?

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:55 PM

notoshariah in CA replied:

They are part of the problem because there is but one party that changes leaders back and forth.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM

DM Pendragon in Redlands CA replied:

Because wwe have a government, for the most part, run by quislings, gangsters and whores be they D or R.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 3:18 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

here is an opinion by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) from 2009

This has been going on for way too long

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Abu Nudnik in Toronto replied:

It's a form of paralysis that comes as the mirror image of the mass hypnosis of the Obama-as-god side. Political correctness, in short, and a fairly reasonable fear of having all rational arguments perverted. This state is well advanced already. Look at what happened to a rodeo clown! Banned for life for donning a mask of His Majesty!

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Nina in LasVegas NV replied:


Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Anton D Rehling in Olympia, WA replied:

You now what is under a pony tail? The image of Obama!

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 4:51 PM

lysander in New Iberia, LA replied:

What makes you believe they want to? They're opposite sides of the same coin.

Saturday, August 17, 2013 at 7:18 AM

Keith in Arkansas said:

There will never be peace between Muslims and anyone else, their thought is be Muslim or die.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Abu Nudnik in Toronto replied:

"And his hand shall be raised to every man and every man's hand shall be raised to him." -Genesis (on Ishmael)

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 3:38 PM

Kurtis Davis in Braggs, Oklahoma said:

Well folks, with regards to Islam, it is well that we turn to the book our President swears upon---you know, THE BIBLE. Galatians 4:30-31 makes God's instructions to Christians very clear---Christians are directed to avoid those who practice the covenant of the slave woman Hagar. It so happens the Islamists connect to the God of Abraham through Ishmael, Abraham's son born of his slave Hagar. On the other hand, Christians relate to that same God through Abraham's other son Isaac---who ultimately yielded Jesus Christ (and His baptism). Islam is not, and never will be, compatible with Christian faith, even by the word of God. AND ALL YOU NEED DO IS READ THE SIGNS IN THE ACCOMPANYING PHOTOGRAPHS, SO AS TO UNDERSTAND THE CONFLICT EXISTING BETWEEN THE TWO FAITHS. Islamists hope for atonement through adhering to religious law (sharia), whereas Christians live by the faith of Abraham (no law), evidenced by baptism. (Don't wait for your President to explain this fundamental basic.)

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM

wjm in Colorado replied:

Our President swears AT the Bible, his allegiance is to Satan, the Quran, and islam. Pigs excrement be upon them all.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1:24 PM

Larry Zimmerman in Fort Pierce said:

What do you expect from a Commie Muslim??? A traitor to this Country and to the US people. If he had been White he would have been impeached by now, or shot. If our chicken shit Congress does not do something soon, we, the true Americans, will be forced to take our Country back, to keep free.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1:00 PM

Jiggs in Millen, GA said:

In most cases, foreign and domestic, Obama couldn't find his butt if he had both hands on it. Let's dust off my favorite mantra: He's a LIAR, LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE type of guy. Nuff said.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Jon W in Port Orchard, WA said:

According to Adm. Mike Mullen, Barack Obama's former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, "The single, biggest threat to our national security is our debt."

(Side note: I served under his successor CDR Kaahanui on the USS Goldsborough, having reported aboard right after [Mullen's] Change of Command as a young Sonar operator.)

If we want a secure country, let's be like a responsible family and have all our debts paid and perhaps even have such savings that we can then be good to those around us. Shouldn't we be so well off as a nation that we can be on the opposite side of the issue. "Wow, we're a trillion ahead in the bank with good fiscal policies and not taxing our businesses and citizens to death. How about that Mission to Mars?"

Part of being a shining beacon on a hill is having our own house in order. Not as a beacon for people to come leech off our society but because our nation is so prosperous, how could you not want the freedom and opportunity that comes from our fairly run system? Not to come here to be apart from others, but to be an American! You can't be looked up to and admired when you're trillions in debt! We're actually damaging our standing in the world by this debt.

Having to work harder for no pay raises and even enduring furloughs really damages morale as well. My wife is on furlough days (last one tomorrow - THIS year.) ... her crime being she is a counselor that helps the military move to and from our command(s) [She helped my last CO and his wife move when he made RADM.]. She got paid less and still had to move 100% of the families through the system. Yes, we're all grateful for our jobs and wish the civilian economy well but the point being lack of morale = lack of security as well. People start making mistakes and the toll is more sick days and more talent moving out of productive jobs. (I know many believe we do nothing productive as government workers but that is another story - Military industrial complex and all that.)

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Nelson Whipple in Charlotte, NC said:

Does he not understand or is he taking every opportunity he gets to take America down? So many actions or inactions of his lead to chaos here and elsewhere, I suspect it may be purposeful. If there is sufficient chaos he and his cohorts can step in and take over in a coup d'état with armed IRS agents, police and military forces. It would be a lot easier for him if we are all disarmed. Think about troops in the street and agents (spies) armed with information from the NSA to use against opponents.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1:08 PM

1 old codger in Bellevue,WA said:

Why do we so quickly forget Obama's long and close association with teh Muslim religion? Madrassa in Indonesia , associates inCollege, trip to Kenya, Rev rights church and its connection with Black Musilims,appointments of persons associated with Muslim radicals, etc etc. Perhps he is just practiin the Muslim doctrine of Taquina after all. He asserts he prays regularly but wqe don't know in which direction he faces.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1:09 PM

Liz in Seattle WA replied:

In his own words from his book - Dreams of my father (who by the way was not around to raise or mentor him) Obama says " If the political winds CHANGE in an ugly direction I WILL SIDE WITH THE MUSLIMS". Those who murder in the name of their LORD?????

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Abu Nudnik in Toronto replied:

Obamadaddy was too busy impregnating multiple wives and leaving them to look after his kids themselves. His mentor was Frank Davis, communist.

Thursday, August 15, 2013 at 3:39 PM