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Tuesday, January 5, 2010

President Obama Blames Gitmo for the Formation of Al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula - Video 1/5/10

Here is video of President Obama today speaking after a National Security Meeting held at the White House.

Obama blamed intelligence failures for the Christmas Day Terror Attack attempt on Northwest Airlines Flight 253. He said he told his team he wanted them to make sure such an attempt would never happen again.

Obama responded to calls to not go forward with closing the Guantanamo Bay Terrorist Prison facility in light of the attempted attack. Obama stubbornly said he would move forward with the closing, and then went on to blame Gitmo for the formation of Al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula.! He actually said this at around the 6:50 minute mark of the video.

He shows he does not understand the enemy we face. These "violent extremeists" as he insists on calling them, are Muslim Jihadists who are devoted to the destruction of our nation, our values, and our way of life - not because of Gitmo - but because they believe we are infidels because the vast majority of Americans are not Muslims! They view us as "infidels," and they believe they are obeying the Koran's command to "slay the infidel wherever you find them."

Sura 9:5 - "Fight and slay the infidel wherever you find them; seize them; weary them, and lie in wait for them in each and every ambush."

Obama simply won't face up to what we are up against, because he is more interested in his leftist agenda, and being politically correct, than in being honest about the enemy we face. Closing Gitmo will not make this enemy hate us one iota less. But it will send the message that our leadership is weak.


Larry S January 5, 2010 at 11:49 PM  

Maybe Obama doesn't understand the enemt we face. And maybe you don't understand that what you allege Obama said is NOT what he said.

You claim that Obama "blamed" Gitmo for the formation of Al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula. That's not what he said. What he said was that Gitmo has "become a tremendous recruiting tool for Al Qaeda. In fact, that was an explicit rationale for the formation of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula." There's an important difference there, but you chose to ignore it.

Would ANY branch of Al Qaeda form with or without Gitmo? Probably yes. But the fact is that Gitmo is serving Al Qaeda a marketing gimmick on a silver platter. Being able to point at Gitmo as the epitome of eveything they say is wrong with America helps AlQaeda and other terrorist organizations in recruiting. THEY use it as a justification; it's not that Obama is "blaming" Gitmo.

Gitmo doesn't cause Islamic jihadist terrorism; it just fuels the fire immeasurably.

Blind Eye Jones,  January 6, 2010 at 10:18 AM  

"Being able to point at Gitmo as the epitome of eveything they say is wrong with America helps AlQaeda and other terrorist organizations in recruiting."

Yeah, feeding them extremely well, special Islamic services, great medical treatment, etc., is the epitome of everything that is wrong with the America.

Who cares what the terrorists say about Gitmo. If Gitmo was a Las Vegas resort the terrorists would still lie about it. Wipe them out and don't try to appease them. This is war.

Anonymous,  January 6, 2010 at 3:03 PM  

You people are idiots if you think America isnt at least partly (mostly) at fault for helping to radicalize "our enemy". Let us count the ways.

1. We trained these people on how to fight guerrilla warfare against the 'evil commies', and even gave them weapons.

2. We got the hell out of there without helping to clean up the mess, leaving fertile ground for the Taliban to take hold, instead of helping to form some sort of government.

3. We left troops in Saudi Arabia for almost 10 years after the first Bush war. You dont think that was a bit of a reason for religious fruits to sacrifice themselves to kill some Americans? The 9/11 murderers were mostly Saudi. Bin Ladin is Saudi.

4. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula first came to prominence in Saudi Arabia in May 2003, when it claimed responsibility for simultaneous suicide bombing attacks on three Western housing compounds in Riyadh , which left 29 dead.

Whether you want to believe it or not: Our actions around the world cause reaction from people who may not like it.

Brian January 6, 2010 at 3:48 PM  

We really did help the people of Afghanistan fight off the Communists in the 1980's. That was a good thing. That does not make the United States to blame for Al-Qaeda's actions to plot against and kill thousands of Americans. But the "blame America first crowd" was against us doing anything to oppose the Soviets back then. They hated Ronald Reagan, and fought him every step of the way as he rebuilt America's defenses and took the steps that led to the fall of the Soviet Union.

They were wrong then, and they are wrong now.

Blind Eye Jones,  January 6, 2010 at 4:01 PM  

1) We trained Al Qaeda when we were all fighting communism during the cold war. Italy was our ally in WWI but was our foe in WWII. So what. Allies come and go – it’s their decision.

2) We were never officially in Afghanistan during the Russian occupation.

3) The last time I remembered terrorists don’t determine a country’s foreign policy. If the Saudi government wanted us out, we would have gone – just like if Germany wanted American troops out, we would leave. It is their country after all. But terrorists shouldn’t determine whether America stays or go. That is up to the Saudi government.

4) Al Qaeda has been around for quite a while. Zarkowi was in Bagdad setting up his cells even before America went into Afghanistan. There were terrorist camps found in Iraq (Salman Pak) and Saddam was a great sponsor of terrorism. Nothing new there.

America is one of the most generous, humane countries of the world. It has bailed out Africa and has raised more money for Islamic tsunami victims than any other country -- including rich Muslim countries. That is why a lot of people want to come to the US.

Anonymous,  January 6, 2010 at 4:30 PM  

We know that the folks don't have an argument when they start with the name calling. Idiots? I don't think people who are concerned about our country and concerned about safety and 'terrorist handling' are idiots. Dial down the rhetoric. The USA has every right to destroy these people and their ideology by any means possible.

Anonymous,  January 6, 2010 at 6:32 PM  

Well said, Blind Eye.

Anonymous,  January 6, 2010 at 6:33 PM  

They have attacked us, so yes we do have a right to destroy them and their ideology. That's called war - as in "Global War on Terror" - not a police action.

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