The reason for the over-the-top headline blurb is due to an FB friend who posted “Another win for Obama & his Military Intelligence Chief!” as a comment-response to my linking to the Long War Journal reportage of Quso’s recent vaporization.
No, I don’t see President Obama “spiking the football” on this; nor on the foiled Diaper Bomb Upgrade 2.0 plot (something he’s been accused of doing in regards to the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death). But this certainly did
The disclosure of the plot, first reported by the Associated Press, comes less than a week after the anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden and amid recent efforts by the Obama administration to make its counterterrorism accomplishments a central issue in the presidential campaign.
White House officials previously said they were unaware of any terrorism plots tied to the one-year mark of bin Laden’s death. Despite Monday’s disclosure, a senior administration official said those assertions were accurate.
“We had no specific, credible information about active terrorist plots timed to coincide with the bin Laden anniversary and reiterate that this device never represented a threat to the public,” the senior official said.
Nevertheless, the detection of the alleged al-Qaeda plan appears to have set a series of counterterrorism operations in motion.
I’m grateful for the continuity of government that sees America being protected from its enemies regardless of the “R” or the “D” next to the name of the current PotUS. But, given this is an election year, and given how President Bush was harshly criticized by political partisans for creating a climate of fear with terror-alert warnings all apparently for political gain, I am bemused by these recent events.
I remember liberal BDSers scoffing conspiratorially how the terrorism threat from the al Qaeda network was overexaggerated and all for politics. How the GWoT was all a sham.
President Obama doesn’t have much on his near-four-year resume worth bragging about to the American public.
The one area of accomplishment he may well be able to boast of is in the area where he’s behaved most like his predecessor: The job of killing terrorists.
I expect President Romney will carry on with that American tradition in 2013.