Al Qaeda is back and, despite the death of bin Laden, still viable and still capable of conducting a coordinated attack. That is what happened on 9-11 in Libya and Egypt. These were coordinated attacks. What happened in Libya, in particular, was sophisticated and required advanced planning.

This was not a spontaneous reaction to a movie, despite the claims and justifications by some in the media. What is particularly disturbing is that President Obama and Secretary Clinton so far have refused to describe what happened in Libya as terrorism.

This is the first major Al Qaeda attack against the United States in at least five years. Obama has spent too much time doing a victory lap for the death of bin Laden rather than ensure that Al Qaeda is eliminated. Note, the current leader, Ayman Zawahiri, is being sheltered in Pakistan by the same goons who protected Bin Laden.

We saw the coordinated attacks on US Embassies by Al Qaeda in August 1998. Here we are, 14 years later, and they’ve done it again. And Obama’s response? A campaign fund raiser in Las Vegas.

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Larry C. Johnson is a former analyst at the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, who moved subsequently in 1989 to the U.S. Department of State, where he served four years as the deputy director for transportation security, antiterrorism assistance training, and special operations in the State Department's Office of Counterterrorism. He left government service in October 1993 and set up a consulting business. He currently is the co-owner and CEO of BERG Associates, LLC (Business Exposure Reduction Group) and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security, and crisis and risk management, and money laundering investigations. Johnson is the founder and main author of No Quarter, a weblog that addresses issues of terrorism and intelligence and politics. NoQuarterUSA was nominated as Best Political Blog of 2008.