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David core of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.
And -- on is on the path to defeat.
The remaining operative spend more time thinking about their own safety been plotting against us.
They did not directly attacks in the Gaza or Boston and that means will face more localized threats.
Like what we saw in -- -- Or the BP oil facility in Algeria in which local operatives.
Perhaps -- loose affiliation with regional networks.
-- periodic attacks against western diplomats.
And other soft targets.
Or resort to kidnapping and other criminal enterprises to fund their operations so that's the current -- People.
-- less capable al-Qaeda affiliates.
Threats to diplomatic facilities in businesses abroad.
This is the future of terrorists.
As president back in May saying the core of al-Qaeda I was scrambling yet less than two months later an unprecedented.
Of our embassies across the world.
The dangerous security threat.
-- lawmakers say is reminiscent of what we saw what we heard.
Before 9/11 it's a direct contradiction to the recent White House narrative that you just listen to you and -- raising new questions about how safe.
We really are.
-- -- is foreign affairs columnist for the Wall Street Journal also post Pulitzer Prize winning.
Comments I have to mention that revenue -- that a -- kind of bringing that the president says al-Qaeda is -- follow that -- less capable.
But then we have -- unprecedented closing what do you make of it.
Right I mean what you just heard with the clip you just -- from the speech in May is a little bit like the George W.
Bush mission accomplished speech -- he was saying was.
We killed bin Laden we got the core of of al-Qaeda.
And so therefore we don't really have to worry about these groups like al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula al-Qaeda and the Maghreb.
They'll do the kind of small scale terrorism that you saw it it -- Gaza BP oil facility I think the president fundamentally misunderstand what al-Qaeda is about.
He's thinking of it like and this organization like General Motors with -- headquarters that runs things.
It's like Burger King it's a franchise and these franchises are effectively identical.
In their ambitions and increasingly -- capabilities already think that misunderstanding comes -- Well but look I don't know I don't know I think there's a there's a real problem.
In this administration -- getting to grips with what al-Qaeda.
You know the president kept insisting that by killing bin Laden he would somehow it was like getting -- there.
Is that it it it somehow taken the heart out of the organization.
And you release -- years of resistance Jenna remember and in 20062007.
When the bush administration's warning about al-Qaeda.
In Iraq al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia.
A lot of people civil that's not the real al-Qaeda while -- is simply an idea al-Qaeda is -- model.
And that model is being copied around the region and these groups in -- unique in in in in Yemen in northern Africa.
Increasingly again in Iraq are proving to be just as deadly and just as capable -- original -- In your -- on this week he said if there's a silver lining if there's a silver lining it's that the administration can put an end to the end of the war on terror without much fear.
We'll look I hope that the president -- Reels back if not openly in in his actions this idea that basically we've we've kind of beat al-Qaeda -- we can put the war on terror.
Behind us he didn't have -- effect that we shouldn't be talking about a global war on terror the worst thing that we can do tennis returned to a pre 9/11 mentality.
Which they treated terrorism as a nuisance threat and not a strategic threat with potentially deadly ramifications in our homeland.
Some are suggesting -- that we're making too big of a deal.
This recent terror threat with an -- reaction and with the closing of the embassies in fact in the Wall Street Journal today there's a column ridden by Ted Koppel.
The title of which let me describe it because it sums it up America's chronic over reaction to terrorism.
And -- he writes this we have created an economy of fear in industry of fear in national psychology of fear al-Qaeda could never have achieve that on its own.
We have inflicted it.
On ourselves over the coming years many more Americans will -- -- car -- -- I've gunshot wounds inflicted by family members and by falling off latter's -- from an -- attack.
By al-Qaeda and his point is he -- that others that suggests the same.
-- that by making a bigger deal about it by this over reaction -- -- empowering.
Our enemies and in that case some could argue that the president is doing the right thing not reacting too much saying that that -- war on terror is over -- not giving them too much credit.
Look I respect mr.
Koppel and we're happy to have this piece in our pages -- -- -- different view and that was precisely the view we took in the 1990s when we.
Believe that responding to outrageous like the attack on the USS Cole.
For the attack on our embassies in Kenya and an intensity should be dealt within a proportional way our proportionate way.
The result is that encouraged al-Qaeda to strike at our homeland and -- and 9/11.
Really was a a big deal if you weren't in lower of lower Manhattan or fewer and by the Pentagon that was a -- -- cost our economy.
Tens of billions of dollars and Ellis a foretaste of what a terrorist might do if they had a nuclear -- -- to say that we should.
Not overreact I think is a mistake we have to take it very seriously.
We see this too -- -- in Republican lawmakers as well.
And in your colony say you know after eleven years of taking off -- she's before getting on planes in in some cases there is if it.
-- forgetfulness about what it was like before 9/11 and immediately after.
How do we make sure that that doesn't happen so we remain vigilant for the.
You know this is really the challenges of a stake Kraft it's for that for people like President Obama to say no the terror the threat of terrorism.
Is is very serious it's -- it's not a receiving threat because naturally when you go through endless orange you know orange alerts and all the rest of it.
He kind of get used to it and memories of 9/11 inevitably fade the entrance -- coming to us.
Now this year word word where children when when 9/11 happened.
Let's hope that we don't have to really learn the lessons of 9/11 by experiencing a second nine elevenths -- thank you it was great having -- on the program appreciate --
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