Is Al Qaeda larger and stronger than ever?
KT McFarland says terror group is spreading
- Duration 4:39
- Date Oct 18, 2012
KT McFarland says terror group is spreading
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Let everybody defends it saying that he wanted to strike a big blow against America.
A Bangladeshi man in federal custody now after he allegedly tried to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York City with a car bomb.
And that of course is in the heart of America's financial center not far from where the world trade towers wants to -- Thankfully the feds broke up that plot.
But it is a very real reminder that terrorists remain very committed to striking at the heart of our democracy our next guest says -- credit isn't on the -- That they have simply sort of moved shop so to speak and bill has more force on that.
Yeah I'm Martha thank you for that whatever you KT McFarland our national security -- security good morning to morning.
That we're gonna get that is big debate now because -- -- money that is all foreign policy.
You know I had guys you see it right now what is the state of al-Qaeda or groups that like to think that they are -- linked to al-Qaeda or the next generation.
Spot patterns is on the move it's not just its expanded into other parts of Middle East is expanding all over the globe for me is our northern Africa is an eastern Africa some western Africa.
Obviously it's now in countries in the Middle East is back in Iraq it's in Syria.
It's in Yemen it's in Saudi -- and -- in Pakistan it's an over thirty countries which I think is why.
The president has dropped al-Qaeda is on the run from his stumps.
Yeah let me get my regular let me show our viewers what you're talking about all these nations and red here now we've we've marked eleven that I think you're gonna take up more than that.
Whether it's valley in western Africa Nigeria down here in Libya.
Pakistan Afghanistan Iraq and Syria that's eleven country sprite what do we -- it.
That was just you know September 11 that was thought that was an al-Qaeda affiliate went -- -- does it think about it it's like you're -- -- McDonald's franchise.
They go -- -- country the first stage is to organize so they get that they get the real estate about the training camps.
They set up shop and then -- start recruiting locally.
Once they've recruited them I go operational past this stage that al-Qaeda in Libya was this summer there was a report in -- the Defense Department report.
Prepared by The Library of Congress saying that al-Qaeda in Libya had reached those first two stages they had organized they had recruited.
And they were getting ready to go operational and other words to have a big splash attack.
Now -- -- these affiliates don't call themselves al-Qaeda and tell they go operational and that's a stage at which.
We were in Libya.
In August so to not have any preparation or additional security.
In an eye on the ever since September 11 when they knew that there was an Al -- cell ready to go operational.
Is a real problem.
-- so to see you fill in Libya on the map now you can make an argument that -- -- -- should be on this map you cut and Egypt as well yeah.
And Sudan pretty -- and make it today and the list continues to hell and now what is your thinking as to why he used to work in the White House now I don't know what why do you drop the line al-Qaeda is on the run.
When you've been using it for two years.
-- -- -- at all.
-- -- One of the programs as a president Obama's reelection is that he's strong on terror he got bin Laden al-Qaeda is finished -- -- on his -- al-Qaeda is over -- warned jurors never.
And he said that in fact five days before September 11 he said that at the Democratic Convention so flash forward five days.
Al-Qaeda is a terrorist attack in Libya it's awfully hard to make they claim that al-Qaeda is on his heels if -- just pulled off by huge.
Seeking a commando raid on -- and then.
Though are still on the run.
And so what what are they think it right now -- -- views from the outside.
OK let's hear al-Qaeda and you're thinking about what it what how to -- operate outside -- -- aides asserted that a systematic way that they've approached things.
They'll keep attacking -- keep -- ever escalating attacks and how they've stopped in the Twin Towers September.
There was a dry run for about ten years before.
When they have stopped the hunt is when they have been retaliated against after al-Qaeda and you're in Libya and you just pull this off as anybody retaliated against him yet now.
Out what they've -- that Americans are bickering amongst themselves about what to do and -- thought it was an explorer on the commission to study it but you have not been retaliated against I want to compare that now.
To Ronald Reagan when I was in the Reagan administration there's a discotheque and -- land 1986 exactly.
-- discotheque that was bombed a nearest service plans were killed what did Reagan do.
Within ten days.
He retaliated and -- Qaddafi is headquarters -- here from -- aftermath KT McFarland thank you for coming thank you appreciate it Martha --