Friday, August 02, 2013

Apparently The US State Department's New Defense Policy Is To Bravely Run Away

Fox News: US issues global travel alert over Al Qaeda threat, prepares to close embassies

Apparently at least one side doesn't think the war on (Islamic) Terrorism isn't over, unfortunately it seems to be the other side:

The State Department issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday to U.S. citizens over an Al Qaeda terror threat, as the U.S. government prepared to close its embassies and consulates throughout the Muslim world this Sunday over related security concerns.

U.S. officials have not offered many details on the nature of the threat, but apparently are taking it seriously.

Perhpas the State Department is worried about a Ramadan offensive?

Most amazingly is that instead of promising to heavily defend embassies against attack the State Department is going to just shut them down, which is a rather unique response to a terrorist threat.

The list of closures reads like a Frommer's guide to the Arab world.

Of course, the United States' quite tepid response over Benghazi seems to have only emboldened the Islamists in the face of Obama's weakness:

Keane said it appears Al Qaeda is trying build off the Benghazi terror attack. "When they sense weakness, they attack," he said. "They believe that we're pulling back, and they were stunned ... that we did not come after them immediately after that attack."

Weak horse, strong horse, guess which one Obama is? Even after his speech in Cairo, they don't like us. They really, really don't like us.

It's going to take a lot of work to rebuild US deterrence given the damage done to it under Obama.


Keads said...

I concur!

Old NFO said...

Hrmmm. Thought Al Qaeda was dead and gone...

MSgt B said...

It's called a "retrograde maneuver".

Aaron said...

Keads: Yep.

Old NFO: They were on the ropes until somebody decided it was politically convenient to declare victory and run away to bail out GM.

MSgt B. Indeed. So retrograde that they're going to keep the facilities closed all this week just in case a sternly-worded diplomatic letter doesn't prevent any attacks.