He is wrong, however, to understate the continued threat to the US homeland or to suggest that the lethality of the threats posed by a weakened al-Qaeda and its affiliates is a return to a pre-9/11 norm that Americans should just accept
Some of these 'mistakes' end up as YouTube videos … which serve as recruitment devices for al-Qaeda and its associates, and fuel anti-American sentiment in areas where drones are operating
In implying that the drone surge is coming to an end in this region, as al-Qaida has all but been neutralized, this opens space for more meaningful efforts to come to an agreement between the US and Pakistan
To somehow argue that al-Qaida is on the run comes from a degree of unreality that to me is really incredible. Al-Qaida is expanding all over the Middle East, from Mali to Yemen and all places in between.
So that's the current threat — lethal yet less capable al-Qaida affiliates; threats to diplomatic facilities and businesses abroad; homegrown extremists. This is the future of terrorism. We have to take these threats seriously, and do all that we can to confront them
The troubling reality is that the president continues to underestimate the serious threat that al-Qaida and its affiliated and inspired terrorists present to Americans
Most disturbing to me in the president’s speech today was the idea that we can simply declare al-Qaeda beaten and go back to the pre-9/11 era