Obama Administration Had Intelligence About al-Qaeda in Libya for Months

Reuters:

In the months before the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, U.S. and allied intelligence agencies warned the White House and State Department repeatedly that the region was becoming an increasingly dangerous vortex for jihadist groups loosely linked or sympathetic to al Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.

Despite those warnings, and bold public displays by Islamist militants around Benghazi, embassies in the region were advised to project a sense of calm and normalcy in the run-up to the anniversary of the September 11 attacks in the United States.

So brazen was the Islamist presence in the Benghazi area that militants convened what they billed as the "First Annual Conference of Supporters of Shariah (Islamic law)" in the city in early June, promoting the event on Islamist websites.

Pictures from the conference posted on various Internet forums featured convoys flying al Qaeda banners, said Josh Lefkowitz of Flashpoint-Intel.com, a firm that monitors militant websites. Video clips showed vehicles with mounted artillery pieces, he added.

Really there is no excuse for not anticipating revenge in Libya for the drone strike against Abu Yahya al-Libi.

al-Libi's funeral was held openly in Libya and received lots of coverage and sympathy in the Arab press.

This article on ABC's blotter from June 12th this year discusses al-Libi's death and also contains a video of Ayman al-Zawahiri confirming al-Libi's death and vowing revenge.


Basically Obama's claims about the intelligence leading up to the death of Ambassador Stevens suggest that the administration needs to start reading The Blotter and Jawa Report.

Also his debate claims about his advances against al-Qaeda are contrary to what we all know about recent Jihadist advances in the wake of the Arab Spring. al-Qaeda as a centralized organization may be somewhat weakened by the loss of some of its leaders, however al-Qaeda as a state of mind as the primary philosophy of jihadist groups is stronger and more influential than its ever been.

This truth is one Obama can hardly afford to become part of the public discussion. That his policies have promoted, not thwarted the long term goals of al-Qaeda and their sympathizers.

But what about attacks? Direct Jihad against the US homeland is really not required. The US is disengaging for the most part it does not interfere with the Jihadists. al-Qaeda can concentrate on other areas with only the occasional direct attack against US interests in special cases such as revenge for the death of al-Libi.

This dovetails nicely with Obama's interest that the American electorate be blissfully unaware of the danger, ignorant for the most part of the true strength of the al-Qaeda, the Salafi Jihadist movement and its current advances across the Middle East.

Posted by: Howie at 09:37 AM

Comments

1 This is what happens when the elected Leader doesn't show up for his morning briefings, either because he's lazy, or he doesn't really want to know whats happening so he can disavow himself from blame as he's wont to do. As there's one more debate, I hope Romney attacks Obama on Benghazi and hammers the hell out of him.

Posted by: Moshe Ben Avram at October 17, 2012 09:46 AM

2 Yeah I know the Blotter link is missing. Trying to add it.

In the mean time

http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/abu-yahya-al-libi-dead-al-qaeda-terrorist/story?id=16552852

Posted by: Darth Odie at October 17, 2012 10:13 AM

3 I guarantee there will be HUGE lawsuits over this, as there should be. This administration's denial of the reality of Islamists agendas, and their utter failure to protect our personnel and property are egregious failures.

Posted by: Anna at October 17, 2012 10:14 AM

4 I hold the murders of our people in the consulate against hillary crinton. SHE ORDERED that the marine guards there not be given ammunition. SHE ordered that they be DEFENSELESS. Screw that hag and her philandering husband.

Posted by: grego at October 17, 2012 10:16 AM

5 I hold O and Hillary responsible. If he is going to 'lead from behind' then he needs to appoint competent Mini Me's to do the job.

What I heard only once and would like to know more about is the report that this Consulate wasn't built to required specs to give them the golden hour to destroy documents and summon help, help that it seems wouldn't be coming anyway but nonetheless... I cannot believe they just sat and watched and listened as these 4 Americans were murdered.

Now there are reports that some of the Fast Furious weapons have found their way to Syria??? WTF!

Posted by: JayJay at October 17, 2012 11:35 AM






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