- U.S. attorney warns Cuomo not to interfere with anti-corruption probes
- Investigators reach Ukraine jet crash site
- Ohio gives Obama a thumbs down; Hillary Clinton tops GOP all-stars: poll
- Jesse Ventura suggests suit not over; HarperCollins could be next
- State Department: ‘No American is proud’ of certain CIA tactics
- Drug-filled drone crash outside S.C. prison sends police on alert
- GOP to Obama: Take your ‘golf cap off’ and get down to coal country
- Hamas cleric tells Jews: ‘We will exterminate you’
- San Diego Costco, Target shoppers shocked by plane crash in parking lot
- George W. Bush penning biography of father
Al Qaeda remains a threat to U.S. via its franchises despite Obama’s boast
Question of the Day
According to a Heritage Foundation study, Islamists have plotted 54 times to strike American since Sept. 11, 2001, the day al Qaeda operatives flew airplanes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Three other plots were carried out, the most recent the Boston Marathon bombings.
CIA Director John O. Brennan, Mr. Obama’s former counterterrorism adviser, seemed to paint a more dangerous picture of al Qaeda during his Senate confirmation hearing than the president did during his recent speech.
“We remain at war with al Qaeda and its associated forces, which despite the substantial progress we have made against them, still seek to carry out deadly strikes against our homeland, our citizens and against our friends and allies,” Mr. Brennan said.
He conceded that, rather than pulling back, al Qaeda is expanding: “I will say that if you look out over the last four years, what happened in a number of places, such as Yemen and other areas, where there was in fact a growth of al Qaeda, quite unfortunately.”
Gen. Keane said that while al Qaeda’s core has been badly damaged by the loss of senior leaders, including Osama bin Laden, it has established itself in other countries where it did not exist on Sept. 11, 2001. He listed the countries — Libya, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Mali, Yemen — where al Qaeda spinoffs are growing.
“Al Qaeda has returned to Iraq after it was defeated in 2009, is the fastest growing rebel group in Syria, has established a bona fide sanctuary in [the West African nation of] Mali and attempted to seize the capital, and established a clear sanctuary in eastern Libya where no actions have been taken against the al Qaeda affiliated group, Ansar al-Shariah,” the retired general said. “In Somalia, we have enjoyed some success, and in Yemen it’s at best a draw.”
“Al Qaeda’s No. 1 objective to be able to control and dominate the region is to drive the U.S. out of the region. The harsh reality is the president of the United States is voluntarily doing just that,” Gen. Keane said.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
- Family of Marine killed in Afghanistan pushes back against cover-up
- Afghan who killed three U.S. Marines in 2012 to serve over 7-year prison sentence
- State Department indicates Nouri al-Maliki's days numbered as Iraq prime minister
- Marine Corps whistleblower lands new Pentagon position
- Elusive target: U.S. believed Iraq terror mastermind al-Baghdadi killed 3 times
TWT Video Picks
By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
- Al Gore's climate-changers at EPA hearings foiled by cool temperatures
- Geraldo Rivera: Matt Drudge 'doing his best to stir up a civil war'
- Chicken pox outbreak puts illegal immigrant facility on lockdown
- EDITORIAL: The real Lois Lerner exposed in newly released emails
- Lois Lerner hated conservatives, new emails show
- House votes to sue President Obama over claims of presidential power
- CRUZ: A tale of two hospitals: One in Israel, one in Gaza
- NAPOLITANO: Is the president incompetent or lawless?
- 'Big Bang' star Mayim Bialik helps send bulletproof vests to IDF
- Catholic League slams Obama: 'Do Christian lives mean so little to you?'
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world