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11/6/2012 1:05:00 PM
Letter: If al Qaeda is running, it is because they are charging


President Obama resumed his “smoke and mirrors’ campaign, boasting to his supporters that the war in Iraq has ended and al Qaeda has been “decimated.”


Our participation in the Iraqi war ended when Mr. Obama failed to gain a “status of forces” agreement with the Iraqi government, an agreement that was necessary to consolidate the gains made by our “surge” troops in the last year of the war. Mr. Obama was clearly outmaneuvered by Iranian interests within the Iraqi government when his negotiator, Joe Biden, failed in his mission. A residual force, similar to that left in South Korea (but smaller), designed to continue logistic, intelligence and emergency support, and could have weakened Iran’s influence.

As for al Qaeda being “decimated,” in Iraq there have been reported al Qaeda training camps and evidence that the group in Iraq has more than doubled in size since the U.S. departure. After suffering leadership losses due to Obama’s successful drone program, the terrorist group has successfully spread its organization into smaller but interconnected organizations in dozens of hot-spots in the Middle East and around the globe. The debacle at our Benghazi consulate is highly visible evidence of at least two such groups combining to plan and launch highly coordinated attacks. In addition, Mali has become the new breeding ground for training aspiring terrorists as al Qaeda and its affiliates have taken possession of the northern half of the country.

No, Mr. President, if Osama bin Laden was the head of the snake, this snake has multiple heads. If al Qaeda is running, unfortunately, it is because they are charging.

Jim Barber

Camp Verde

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Mary Jane

Mr. Barber,

You can come out of your back yard bomb shelter, rub your eyes and see the light! The right wing fear mongering has abated and our Medicare and Social Security are safe from the Wall St. Banksters and their GOP cohorts. Turn off the FOX news 'End-of-the-world as we know it' pundits and join the rest of us celebrating our tenuous freedom from fascism!

Osama bin Laden is DEAD! Al Queda is running scared and even though the crew at FOX news is wringing their hands and making excuses why their racist, hateful and fear-based class-warfare message failed, all is well!!

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Green River

To Mr. Barber and Mr. Gohr.....President Obama has been re-elected. GET OVER IT!!!! ....and to M.J....HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH !!!

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: John A. Bond

@ Johnny Johnson:

You said,

"Hey Jim, how about a little respect for our commander- in -chief, Barack Obama."


Unfortunately, you have asked Mr. Barber to do something that is impossible for him to do.

In order to demonstrate respect for someone else it requires one to be endowed with self-respect.

Since, clearly, Mr. Barber has expressed over and over again in multiple letters that he is not possessed of self-respect, it is not reasonable to expect him to express respect for others.

This is particularly true of President Obama since Mr. Barber clearly deems him to be inferior [relying here upon neoconservative code] and thus not worthy of respect.

I hope this clarifies this matter for you.

Posted: Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Article comment by: Johnny Johnson

I suppose you want to buy a fleet of new F-22s at 200 million a pop to fight an imaginary enemy air force. Or perhaps like Romney, you want build a new fleet of battleships. Nevermind they can be taken out with a single guided missile from a sheep herder. I've about had it with you chicken hawks, peddling fear and fake bravado. Oh.. I see the results are in. Hey Jim, how about a little respect for our commander- in -chief, Barack Obama.

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