You may have heard on the news about the Khorosan Group. It’s supposedly a secrete Jihad group that we’ve never heard of until now. Except we have, it’s called al Qaeda. It’s one of al Qaeda’s many “franchises,” such as al Shabab or al Qaeda in Mesopotamia (i.e., Iraq), or al Qaeda in the Maghreb (i.e., North Africa).
Obama has always been a reluctant warrior against al Qaeda. His passion was not for the exercise of US power but empowerment of the world’s oppressed. Thus, he gleefully pulled us out of Iraq not to preserve US power but to enhance that of Iraq, and he abandoned our allies in Egypt and faced off with “dictators” in Syria and Libya, not because they were anti-US, but because he theorized “people power” in these countries would foster good will and justice.
It did not, and missing from his lefty analysis is that these people are powered by and aggrieved by and made crazy by Islamic Fundamentalism and not mere Third World anti-imperialist grievances. Further, this talk of the Khorosan Group and the like are an alibi for the great strengthening of al Qaeda on his watch, exemplified by the murder of a US ambassador in Benghazi. This is why Benghazi matters: Obama and his minions lied to cover up a major failure of policy born from a major confusion about how the Islamic world operates. Here, as always, Obama’s idealism is tethered to his venal narcissism and lack of curiosity, which does not permit him to be agile in dealing with a complex and dangerous world.