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.
  • piattq

    Here it is Larry, Sept. 20, 2012 and you are absolutely proven to be correct. And Hillary is remarkably absent from the stage—what is going on there? Perhaps she has seen the video of our ambassador being captured tortured and killed and is overwhelmed. Perhaps she knows a terrible truth. And Romney was also right.

  • BestRealAmerican

    Stevens was raped and paraded through the
    streets, not “taken to the hospital” by some” good samaritans” — there
    are google translated pages from arabic that give the true story. By the
    way, what about Huma — Hillary’s chief aid? Surely this muslim sister
    knew where the Ambassador would be…

    Sadly, even his colleagues (who I know, as we all served in the Peace Corps together with Stevens) are in denial, saying this is a perfect time “for people to come together”….unbelievable! Still singing Kumbaya, thinking that playing nice and drinking tea together will outweigh their conviction to jihad. Go on FB and you can read all about it.

  • Canaan

    DailyCaller reports:

    “The following day, Sept. 12, Egyptian government officials refused to apologize for failing to stop the lengthy attack in downtown Cairo, and instead pressed Obama to punish the producer of the anti-Islam video.So this video bullshit is just Egypt’s excuse for their failure to protect our embassy. Egypt’s official position is that the attack is our fault.I don’t hear Hillary or what’s-his-face blowing the lid off Egypt’s bullshit. By disavowing the video, even by mentioning the video, the Obama Adminstration validates Egypt’s excuses. A leader would say “Don’t give me this bullshit about the video.” Instead, Obama/Hillary play along with “It’s America’s fault they murdered our Ambassador” because they think somehow it will cover their ass for replacing Qaddafi with Al Qaeda in Libya.

    In the Youtube age, this video could just as well have been made by a teenager, not even an especially tech savvy teenager. It’s beyond idiotic to suggest a video has anything to do with the murder of a U.S. Ambassador. So why is Clinton talking about the video, one way or the other?

    As a long time Hillary supporter, I’m disgusted. And thanks to Romney for pistol-whipping Team Obama into at least getting half-way up off their knees.

  • jrterrier

    don’t know if anyone is posted this. if, they have, apologize but it’s such a clear and potent statement by someone who as on the ground in Iraq in 2008 that i thought others would like to read it:

    “Why relate that story? After all, while a matter of life and death to those of us on the ground, it was hardly the decisive battle of the Iraq War — or even one that will be recorded in the history books. But I learned lessons that I’ll never forget. First, jihadists need no real excuse to riot or attack. In this case, “Mullah Playstation” (the area nickname for al-Sadr based on his reputed love for console gaming) simply ordered his people into the streets. Second, even “mass” movements require leadership. When we captured the local leaders, the movement ended as abruptly as it began. Third — and I’ll repeat this point as long as it needs to be said — strength wins and weakness kills. The local population didn’t love Sadr’s militia so much as they wanted to be on the winning side. Had we pulled back or hesitated in the slightest, our little corner of the war could have turned out very differently.

    We do not know what is happening behind closed doors (where the administration’s talk and actions may be much tougher than we currently perceive), but the parade of public American condemnations for an asinine YouTube video are ineffectual at best and counterproductive at worst. Some jihadists in fact will view the condemnations as proof of their power and influence over American leaders. They had their moments on September 11 and September 12. They need to soon experience a decisive American response.”

  • CathyInKs

    Loved it!

  • binky354

    Well said.

  • shelldoll2

    Thank you. Good analogy.

  • binky354

    The news is reporting the protests becoming widespread and saying it could spread into the US. Perhaps this is why Obama, with the stroke of his Executive Pen, made the way for 30,000 Hamas to enter the US. If the protests spread into the US, this could be Obama’s excuse for declaring Martial Law. I know, just call me crazy.

  • HObama HObamanana

    More information on the infamous Embassy statement. From The Cable:

    Before issuing the press release, Schwartz cleared it with just one person senior to himself, Deputy Chief of Mission Marc Sievers, who was the charge d’affaires at the embassy on Tuesday because Ambassador Anne Patterson was in Washington at the time, the official said.

    Schwartz sent the statement to the State Department in Washington before publishing and the State Department directed him not to post it without changes, but Schwartz posted it anyway.

    “The statement was not cleared with anyone in Washington. It was sent as ‘This is what we are putting out,'” the official said. “We replied and said this was not a good statement and that it needed major revisions. The next email we received from Embassy Cairo was ‘We just put this out.'”

    A heated discussion ensued among State Department and White House officials over e-mail as the controversy over the statement grew Tuesday evening, even grabbing the attention of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, those same officials were dealing with a more serious attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that resulted in the death of four American officials, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

    “People at the highest levels both at the State Department and at the White House were not happy with the way the statement went down. There was a lot of anger both about the process and the content,” the official said. “Frankly, people here did not understand it. The statement was just tone deaf. It didn’t provide adequate balance. We thought the references to the 9/11 attacks were inappropriate, and we strongly advised against the kind of language that talked about ‘continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.'”

    Despite being aware of Washington’s objections, the embassy continued to defend the statement for several hours, fueling the controversy over it, a decision the official again attributed to Schwartz.

    “Not only did they push out the statement but they continued to engage on Twitter and retweet it,” the official said. “[Schwartz] would have been the one directing folks to engage on Twitter on this.”

  • CathyInKs

    They’re still talking about Romney’s comments the other day! Judge Napolitano nailed it! He said he hasn’t always agreed with the governor on many issues but what Romney said yesterday was the best thing he’s ever heard Romney say! He also said Romney’s critics don’t want him to win – pure and simple! So just who is “politicizing””


    iraqi militia threatens US interests over film

    by the backtrack bunch allowing the film to be used as an excuse they are giving the islamist a cover for their hatred and bad behavior

  • CathyInKs

    To say I’m disappointed in Hillary is an understatement! Who does she think she’s fooling? I’m watching a mob of thousands of people in Egypt protesting. The fires are spreading and Hillary is still uttering “mea culpas” and clinging to don’t blame these extremists and terrorists – “the video made them do it”! Meanwhile we sinners who haven’t quite figured out what our sin is, are sending our tax dollars to these countries who hate us so they can take our money and then kill us!

    • binky354

      When you think it couldn’t get more insane, huh?


    islamic countries push blasphemy law at UN

    gee I wonder would it then be a crime when islamist kill people of other religions or will it be the usual one way

  • binky354

    FYI (just received, I have not personally validated) –
    “A stunning report released Wednesday night at the national security newsletter NightWatch says that U.S. Marines guarding the embassy in Cairo were not allowed to carry live ammunition, thereby limiting their ability to protect the facility when it came
    under attack, the Washington Free Beacon said Thursday.”

  • HObama HObamanana

    I was reading on the CBS website that the feds have outed the offensive filmmaker. Here we have Muslims worldwide calling for his head (literally) and our government outs an American citizen, offering his head on a platter, as it were. I am thoroughly disgusted with our government.

    • CathyInKs

      That truly is disgusting! It’s like offering a “human sacrifice” to the barbarians at the gate!

      • HObama HObamanana

        That is exactly what it is.

    • binky354

      And they want us to believe they didn’t leak the Seal Team 6 info and Bin Laden fairy tale details?

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  • skep247

    Evil, insanity, or bullying?

    Most people are able to see the KKK for what it was; a despicable organization that used violence or other terror tactics to control people. It kept black people “in line” and many white people silenced, in spite of any desire to speak against the Klan’s evil behavior.

    Of course, it is unthinkable that we would sit by and allow this kind of behavior today. Or is it? Sometimes a story helps to clarify things. So let’s look back in history at a possible scenario, and then compare it to what is happening today with the Muslims.

    A Klansman finds a picture of a black boy holding a white girl’s hand. The man instantly sees red and throws a temper tantrum. Of course he immediately jumps to the conclusion that a black boy drew the picture. And in his sick mind he thinks, “How dare him!” as the picture does not fit the Klansman’s world view. Then later that night, he and his buddies ride through the black neighborhood spreading their terror.

    Question: Is the artist to blame in any way, shape, or form for the evil carried out by the Klansmen? The answer is not no, but hell no! You can’t think of a picture bad enough to justify the Klan’s actions.

    So tell me again how the terror in the ME is the fault of a film maker. I dare say none of us would lose our self control even if the most unthinkable thing should happen–our child dies in a terror attack. You would not become a menace to society, though you might feel like it at the time. So why do we make excuses for Muslims when they throw temper tantrums and create such mayhem over a picture, film, or book?

    Isn’t it time to recognize that something is wrong with these people or their religion? I don’t care if it’s religious beliefs, racist beliefs, or any other belief that spawns insanity or just old fashioned bullying. The Muslim men (women too, but mostly men) must be held responsible for their lack of self control. Or they need to be treated like criminally insane barbarians by the rest of the world. The Klansmen shut their terror down—when they were forced to–and so can the Muslims.




  • lola828

    Larry Johnson you are a funny guy.
    First during your ridiculous knee-jerk reaction comment (just like Romney) you blame this entirely on a movie, comparing the reaction to other religious movies. You told all Muslims to go Fuck themselves based on that.
    Now you change your tune and say that it is all about Al Qaeda. So, which is it?
    Libya was clearly an organized attack. So your critique of all Muslims because of that attack and the death of Americans was completely unfounded and bullshit.
    You are also wrong on Egypt above. It was not a coordinated attack, but rather a mob protest.
    I cannot believe people consider you a terrorist expert.
    Here is a question for you. Do you think it was a good idea for the U.S. embassy to have released the statement they did ahead of the attacks to try and cool the situation?
    If not, then why not and what is wrong with the statement?
    If yes, then yours and Romney original statements were completely BS, as the statement was clearly not an apology.
    Also, given the statement was made well before any attacks it was not, as Romney thought, the Adminstrations first response to the attacks, as the attacks occured after the statement.
    You and Romney and your reactions to these attacks and your politicization of the issue are an embarrasment and look bad.
    Obama has done a very good job at protecting America and whipping out Al Qaeda.

    • Larry Johnson

      Okay Moron,
      I realize giving you answers is akin to flushing turds down a toilet.

      1. Ayman Zawahiri put out a video on 10 Sept. The so=called “flash mob” in Cairo was in fact a coordinated, pre-planned event. You are just dead ass wrong. Moreover, the brother of Zawahiri was one of the leaders of that so-called mob. It is incumbent on Egypt to protect the Embassy. Egypt chose not to do its international duty.

      2. Embassy statement sounds like it was written by you. Totally fucking moronic. Embassy statement should have been a sharp rebuke to the Government of Egypt for its complete and utter failure to preserve and protect the sanctity of the US Embassy.

      3. I told all muslims that justify the violence in Cairo and Libya to “GO FUCK THEMSELVES.” I happily include you in that group.

    • Hokma

      Here are the real issues:
      1. Since the U.S. had warning why was there inadequate security in these embassies?
      2. Since these are fledgling governments, why were we relying on them for security and not ourselves?
      3. Why are we giving more aid to Egypt than any other country except Israel when, according to Obama, they are NOT an ally?
      4. Why, as LJ pointed out, was our intial communication in Egypt and even subsequent ones to apologize at all?
      5. With Obama and Biden pinning so much of their re-election on spiking the ball with the bin Laden killing, how valuable an event was that considering the Cairo protesters were yelling that thee are now a thousand bin Ladens?
      6. How is that apology foreign policy working out for Obama?
      Despite the frantic spinning and diversions being created by the Obama media events there are overwhleming that effort and THIS will do in Obama’s re-election efforts.

      • HObama HObamanana

        Something that I’ve been pondering all day is the stated reaction from the State Department to the original Embassy statement. They admitted they had received the communication and then said that they had received a second communication which was a variation on the first.

        Between the first and second receptions of communication they make no claim to have intervened or requested any sort of changed message of communication. How can they then claim to disavow such communications, stating they had not been cleared?

        • HObama HObamanana

          Never mind. I found much more information about this that I posted upstream.

    • HObama HObamanana

      Look you idiot, Obama said that the Embassy statement was not cleared with the State Department and he disavowed it. Are you now disagreeing with your Lord and Master?

      As to your last insane sentence, I don’t suppose that Obama did a very good job of protecting the 4 dead Americans at the Consulate in Libya from Al Qaeda, did he? Or is that what you consider a good job.

      • lola828

        Doesn’t matter if Obama said the statement was not cleared with the Statement. It was still a very reasonable statement to try and cool tensions. What exactly do you have wrong with the statement and what in it do you disagree with it.? hHvae you read the statement?

        What we do know that given the statement came before any attacks either in Egypt or Libya, it was not as Larry Johnson or Romney claim the first reaction to the attacks and not an apology.

        Romney and Larry Johnson were full of shit.
        We have 3 1/2 years of Obama and not a single terrorist attack in America by a foreign terrorist and most ot Al Qaeda is wiped-out.

        Romney’s bullshit, literally bullshit, politicization of this was extremely insensitive to the 4 dead Americans. It makes him look bad.

  • jrterrier

    And worse, they did it on the anniversary of Sept 11. And caught us asleep at the wheel.

    I feel very sorry for the US Ambassador to Lybia and the other three Americans who were killed.

    I hope they did not suffer at the end.

  • beyond partisan

    PS On a pragmatic note…do you think these events will help or hurt Obama in the November election? Personally, I think it helps Romney.

    • Hokma

      Despite the desperate spinning by all of the mainstream media to divert attention away from what really matters in the Middle East, actually events are overwhelming the B.S. coming out of the media and this will be Obama’s Carter moment.

      • getfitnow

        I agree. There are many comments that Romney should be 15 points ahead given who he’s running against. But Rush Limbaugh made a good point, I think. He turned it around. He asked, why isn’t Obama 15% ahead? He’s been fundraising all year, He has DEMS, the msm, Hollywood and some republicans all doing his bidding. Romney is running against all of them. They thought, with all this fire power, Romney would be knocked out by now, and they don’t know what to do.

        Black swan events cannot be controlled or hidden. Okay, call me a racist.

    • HObama HObamanana

      To be honest with you, I am not concerned about the election at this moment. I am much more concerned for our country.

      • beyond partisan

        That’s exactly it though. Think about 4 more years of Obama in regards to the Middle East. If Obama is re-elected we’re looking at WWIII. And Israel would be toast!

        • HObama HObamanana

          It’s not that I disagree with you. I’m just thinking about the very nature of our government at the moment, how we allowed ourselves to be placed into this position. And both sides of the aisle are in part to blame. I’m trying to work through a few things that are beyond politics (choosing sides) right now. I’m certain I’ve made my support for Mitt Romney and disdain for Barack Obama very clear.

    • HoosierinDixie

      I agree. People already know Obama’s domestic policies suck which is why he diverts attention from them. Despite a full scale press by the LSM, people now see his foreign policy sucks too. He’s an empty chair.

  • beyond partisan

    Obama Administration Denying Terrorism? I’ll add to that – they funded and enabled this terrorism. Weren’t they giving weapons to Al Qaeda terrorists in Libya to help overthrow Qaddafi?

    • binky354

      Yes they were. And, let’s remember McCain and Lindsey Graham were at the forefront of wanting to give that help.