CHARLOTTE, N.C., October 5, 2014 — During the presidential campaign in 2012, never once did President Obama, or anyone else, utter the phrase “The core of al Qaeda is dead.”
It was simply “Al Qaeda is dead, and General Motors is alive.”
Now suddenly we are told that old enemy was actually “core al Qaeda” and it is that group which no longer exists. In the meantime however, an off-shoot of ISIS has evolved known as “Khorasan.”
One of the biggest problems the United States has faced during the six years of the Obama presidency is that nothing is ever clear.
Everything is always muddled in the muck and mire of misrepresentation, and, for that very reason nobody ever seems to know or understand what is going on at any given time about any given issue.
That is by design, to allow the president a way out regardless of which way the wind blows, but it is no way to run the most powerful country in the world.
Some say the economy has improved since Obama took office. Others say if that’s true, they don’t feel it in their wallets.
Perhaps a better explanation would be that a country with the natural resources and talent that exists in the United States will always recover by virtue of natural market forces which have nothing to do with anything Obama has done to stimulate them. Of course, a sitting president, whoever he is, gets the credit for good economic news and blame for the bad.
If Obama had truly focused on the economy, the recovery might be considerably better than it is.
Then there is Ebola. Even with the scare of an epidemic staring the country in the face, whether the threat is real, an over-reaction resulting from extensive media coverage, or somewhere in between, Obama will spend a few grudging hours at the Pentagon on Wednesday to talk about it and then employ his “get-the-hell-out-of-Dodge” dodge to spend the next three days fund raising.
It’s a familiar scenario which has happened far too often during this administration. Make a token gesture of concern just before taking off to avoid confronting the problem. The idea is that given enough time, a new crisis will unfold and the president won’t have to do anything in the way of leading the country.
When the going gets tough, Obama gets going somewhere, anywhere, other than Washington.
Which brings us back to Khorasan.
Just exactly who are they, anyway? Where did they come from? Are they real, or a figment of the administration’s imagination?
Andrew McCarthy has it figured out. According to McCarthy, “’Core al-Qaeda,’ you are to understand, is different from ‘Jabhat al-Nusra,’ which in turn is distinct from ‘al-Qaeda in Iraq’ (formerly ‘al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia,’ now the ‘Islamic State’ al-Qaeda spin-off that is, itself, formerly ‘al-Qaeda in Iraq and al-Sham’ or ‘al-Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant’). That al-Qaeda, don’t you know, is a different outfit from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula … which, of course, should never be mistaken for ‘al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb,’ ‘Boko Haram,’ ‘Ansar al-Sharia,’ or the latest entry, ‘al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent.’”
And that sums it up in a nutshell. “Obscure and confuse” is the name of the game.
If al Qaeda still existed as we knew it on 9/11, then Obama would be forced to failure in a project he took up from his predecessor, George Bush. But Obama can do no such thing because he has been saying for six years that everything wrong in the U.S. and the world is Bush’s fault, not his.
Hence we get “core al Qaeda” and “Khorasan” to differentiate the enemies we are fighting so there is no mistaking that when Obama took out Osama bin Laden, “core” al Qaeda immediately slipped back into the medieval shadows of 7th century Arabia
Another administration myth in the Middle East battle against ISIS is the so-called Arab state coalition. That group is virtually non-existent because the countries involved have no other choice in the matter.
The Islamic State is the strongest military force in the region, and with no other means to combat the power of ISIS, Arab countries have painfully agreed to limited support due to the threat that any of them could be the next target.
The sad fact is that nothing will change in Washington for two more years when it comes to empty rhetoric from the White House. Even if the Republicans gain both houses of Congress, the president and his dream world will remain.
President Obama is a figment of his own vivid imagination. Even his autobiographies, which are actually biographies, contain a high percentage of fiction.
The ship of state is adrift in a sea of illusion and fabrication.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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