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Clinton Echoed Obama’s Claim That Al Qaeda Was “On The Run”

- October 11, 2015

In March 2011, Clinton Said Her State Department's Actions In Afghanistan "Put Al Qaeda On The Run." CLINTON: "In Iraq, almost 100,000 troops have come home and civilians are poised to keep the peace. In Afghanistan, integrated military and civilian surges have helped set the stage for our diplomatic surge to support Afghan-led reconciliation that can end the conflict and put al Qaeda on the run. We have imposed the toughest sanctions yet to rein in Iran's nuclear ambitions." (Hillary Clinton, Appropriations Subcommittee On State, Foreign Operations, And Related Hearings, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 3/2/11)

In October 2014, Clinton Said That The Obama Administration Was Able To Undermine Al Qaeda's "Capacity To, As An Organization, Continue To Threaten The West." CLINTON: "But I think the evidence, at least to me, that this is a group that will try to pick up where Al Qaeda in Afghanistan left off. What we were able to do, at great cost, to ferret out and decapitate the leadership of Al Qaeda severely undermined their capacity to, as an organization, continue to threaten the West." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Canada 2020, Ottawa, Canada, 10/6/14)

The Washington Post 's David Ignatius: "I Think There Was A Tendency Of The Administration, Going All The Way Up To The Top, To Think That The Al Qaeda Problem Basically Had Been Solved…" WOLF BLITZER: "The President back in January, President Obama gave an interview to 'The New Yorker' magazine and was speaking about Al Qaeda's, you know, organization, if you will. ISIS, these terrorists in Syria and Iraq and he seemed to down play how dangerous they were when he said, 'the analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant.' Junior varsity. That was the quote that the President said then, seems to be haunting him now." DAVID IGNATIUS: "It should haunt him. I think there was a tendency of the administration, going all the way up to the top, to think that the Al Qaeda problem basically had been solved when they had taken out core Al Qaeda, when they killed Osama Bin Laden, there was an insufficient understanding that these new offshoots were in their way as dangerous as what the United States had faced a decade ago." (CNN's "The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer," 8/7/14)

  • Obama's Former DIA Director Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn: Core Al Qaeda Is "Not On The Run" And "That Ideology ... Sadly Feels Like It's Exponentially Grown." "Flynn also took a different view over whether 'core al Qaeda' is on the run, as many U.S. officials have claimed. Flynn said he believes 'core al Qaeda' is the ideology, not any individuals associated with it, and that is 'not on the run.' 'That ideology ... sadly feels like it's exponentially grown,' he said." (Mike Levine, "US Less Safe Than Several Years Ago, Top Intelligence Official Says," ABC News, 7/27/14)

While ISIS Dominates Headlines, Al Qaeda Is Making A Resurgence, Grabbing Territory And Increasing Attacks. "Intelligence analysts paid close attention last month when al Qaeda's master bombmaker, Ibrahim al Asiri - whose name tops U.S. kill lists - issued an audiotape from his hiding place… In 2016, however, a resurgent al Qaeda is emerging from the shadows. While ISIS has been soaking up headlines, its older sibling has been launching attacks and grabbing territory too, and U.S. intelligence officials tell NBC News they are increasingly concerned the older terror group is poised to build on its achievements." (Ken Dilanian, "AL Qaeda Makes A Comeback," NBC News, 2/29/16)

Al Qaeda Is Reemerging In Afghanistan With U.S. Intelligence Officials Assessing If "They Could Again Become A Breeding Ground For Attacks On The United States," "Even as the Obama administration scrambles to confront the Islamic State and resurgent Taliban, an old enemy seems to be reappearing in Afghanistan: Qaeda training camps are sprouting up there, forcing the Pentagon and American intelligence agencies to assess whether they could again become a breeding ground for attacks on the United States." (Eric Schmitt and David E. Sanger, "As U.S. Focuses On ISIS And The Taliban, Al Qaeda Re-Emerges," The New York Times , 12/29/15)

  • "The Scope Of Al Qaeda's Deadly Resilience In Afghanistan Appears To Have Caught American And Afghan Officials By Surprise." (Eric Schmitt and David E. Sanger, "As U.S. Focuses On ISIS And The Taliban, Al Qaeda Re-Emerges," The New York Times , 12/29/15)

Former Deputy CIA Director Michael Morell: "I Do Worry About The Rebirth Of AQ In Afghanistan Because Of What Their Target List Will Be - Us." "'I do worry about the rebirth of AQ in Afghanistan because of what their target list will be - us,' said Michael Morell, the deputy director of the C.I.A. until two years ago, whose book, 'The Great War of Our Time,' recounts the efforts of the Bush and Obama administrations to destroy the Qaeda leadership." (Eric Schmitt and David E. Sanger, "As U.S. Focuses On ISIS And The Taliban, Al Qaeda Re-Emerges," The New York Times , 12/29/15)


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