“I said we’d refocus on the people that actually attacked us on 9/11 and today, al-Qaida is on the run and bin Laden is dead.” — Barack Hussein Obama, stump speech in Miami, Oct. 11, 2012
“High-level people from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are talking about a major attack.” — U.S. Representative and House Intelligence committee member C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-Md.) on ABC’s “This Week,” Aug. 4
“This is the most serious threat that I’ve seen in the last several years. There’s been an awful lot of chatter out there” among terrorists planning attacks. — Senator and Intelligence Committee member Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Aug. 4
Would someone please explain this to me?
We’re told al-Qaida is the enemy. We’ve been told they were responsible for the original 9/11 attacks and that we’ve fought and are fighting a 12-year-long war in Afghanistan and fought an eight-plus year war in Iraq to defeat them. We currently have assets fighting them in Pakistan, Syria, several African countries and probably in some places we haven’t heard about. But the U.S. Army is paying al-Qaida-affiliated companies — companies with ties to the Afghan insurgency, the Taliban, Haqqani network and al-Qaida — while fighting those same al-Qaida and Taliban forces in Afghanistan.
Yet when al-Qaida rose up to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi in Libya, U.S. and NATO assets covered for them and supplied them with arms. And when al-Qaida rose up to overthrow Bashar Assad in Syria, Obama signed a secret order authorizing U.S. support for them. Senators like John McCain and Lindsey Graham have called for even more support, including a no-fly zone, which is an overt act of war.
Those al-Qaida operatives being supported by the U.S. have gassed civilians, beheaded Christians and burned them in churches, and even eaten the heart of a vanquished enemy.
Now, we’re told an attack on the scale of the original 9/11 attack is eminent; and it’s coming from al-Qaida. It could be in the United States. It could be anywhere. Our embassies and diplomatic posts have closed in 19 countries. Graham says al-Qaida has been on steroids since the Benghazi attack, and he’s scared.
This is all very confusing.
So is it Eastasia or Eurasia? Are those affiliated with al-Qaida the good guys or the bad guys? Does anyone else care enough to ask?