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Clinton-Obama Rhetoric Of Al Qaeda "On The Run" Undermined In Afghanistan

- December 29, 2015

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)

Clinton And Obama Assured The American People That They Had "Put Al Qaeda On The Run"

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." (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)

Obama, October 2012: "And Today, Al Qaeda Is On Its Heels…" OBAMA: "And it's useful to remember what we've done. Four years ago, I told you we'd end the war in Iraq -- and we did. (Applause.) I said that we'd end the war in Afghanistan -- and we are. I said that we'd refocus on the people who actually attacked us on 9/11 -- and today, al Qaeda is on its heels and Osama bin Laden is dead." (Barack Obama, Remarks, Miami, FL, 10/11/12)

Obama, November 2012: "Al Qaeda Is On The Run. Osama Bin Laden Is Dead." (Barack Obama, Remarks, Des Moines, IA, 11/6/12)

One Day Before Al Qaeda's Attack In Mali, Secretary Of State John Kerry Claimed That We Were Able To "Neutralize" Al Qaeda As An "Effective Force." KERRY: "We began our fight against al Qaeda in 2001 and it took us quite a few years before we were able to eliminate Osama bin Laden and the top leadership and neutralize them as an effective force. We hope to do Daesh much faster than that and we think we have an ability to do that. So, that's the effort and we're going to continue." (John Kerry, Remarks, Washington, D.C., 11/19/15)


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