My, what a difference three months makes. Back in November, Barack Obama was running around the country bragging about vanquishing Al Qaeda. See, Bad Ass Barack killed that motherfucker Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda was kaput. Seemed like a swell story at the time. Only one little problem–the Salafists, i.e., the muslim extremists–did not get the message.

This week saw a dramatic terrorist strike against a British Petroleum site in eastern Algeria (right up against the border with Libya). The suspected culprits behind this attack are described as Al Qaeda in the Mahgreb aka AQIM. The muslim terrorists initially claimed they were inspired to carry out this attack because the French had deployed troops to Mali (Algeria’s neighbor to the south) in a bid to beat back a radical muslim insurgency.

Well, that’s a crock of horseshit. The muslims who carried out the attack at Anemas, Algeria had this baby on the drawing board for a while. This was not a spontaneous, hastily planned attack. This had been in the works for several weeks. Why? Because the site is quite remote. In fact, we must assume that at least one of those involved in the attack had worked previously at the site. Otherwise, the average person could not find it on a map.

When these muslim thugs struck on Wednesday morning, their were several hundred employees at the facility. Most of the workers escaped unharmed. Some were taken hostage. Others managed to hide and evade captivity.

As I write this tonight, the U.S. Government has confirmed the death of one American–he died of a heart attack. The number who escaped and/or are in hiding is not being revealed to the public. I know what the numbers are but I refuse to do the intel work for the terrorists. Algeria launched a rescue attempt of sorts on Thursday morning when they detected the terrorists loading up some of the hostages in vehicles. Fearing the terrorists would drive off into the desert and attempt to escape into the vast wilderness that is the Sahara, the Algerian military struck the vehicles. Some of the hostages reportedly were killed (but the actual number who died remains uncertain as I write this) and several of the hostage takers were eliminated.

The Algerians being criticized by some in the West for acting hastily and failing to secure the site. I do not think some of the criticism is justified. They had to act once they detected the muslim extremists making preparations to flee the oil facility with hostages.

However, there were over 100 Algerian police at the facility and they failed to act to prevent the take over. I am inclined to think some of the police were alerted to the impending terrorist strike and opted to get out of the way.

What does this mean? The fundamentalist radical muslims are emboldened in part by the demise of Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and Muammar Qaddafi in Libya. Barack Obama made that possible. But now, with muslim extremists working frantically to expand their influence and control over other parts of the African continent, the naive foreign policy of Obama is fully exposed for the feckless debacle that it is. There is Boko Haram in Nigeria and a growing number of equally extreme Islamic inspired terrorist/criminal groups in Mali, Algeria and Libya. The events of this week in Algeria mark a new phase in the revival of the aspirations of muslim extremists eager to revive the mythical Caliphate.

Obama, sadly, is not up to the task. The White House is crippled by inaction at this point. They are biding their time while trying to figure out what to do. France has sent troops to Mali (Algeria’s neighbor to the Southwest), but France failed to provide the logistical support that will enable those troops to effectively carry out the mission of defeating the defacto Islamic army that has taken over northern Mali.

The situation in Africa is likely to worsen significantly before it gets better. And Obama is playing whack-a-mole. There is no strategic vision or policy. Instead, there is an ad hoc response to rapidly changing events in several countries. The unrest is growing in Mali, Algeria, Libya and Egypt. Such developments are dangerous, not just for the United States of America, but for our friends and allies in Africa and Europe. Heck of a job, Barky!!

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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.

    Algerian forces say they’ve arrested five kidnappers at the desert gas plant at the centre of #Algeria’s four-day siege

    • Hokma

      How many of the Benghazi terrorists has Obama killed or arrested?

  • Willy M

    And Obama is giving F-16s to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

    • Hokma

      Usually there is another side to doing this which is that the US can control its use by NOT providing parts and maintenance if they are used for reasons the US does not agree with.

      But of course we are talking about Obama.

      • FloridaFI

        Of course, let us not forget about the remote destruct button we install on all weapon systems we export ; ]

  • no_longer_a_democrat

    O.M.G, what the hell does this lazy pos do all day?!!?

    On Drudge:
    Obama seeks ‘fuller understanding’ of what happened in Algeria

    so, is he like really busy figuring out where his next vacation will be, that’s why he couldn’t give 2 cents or even 1/2 a cent about America’s people or its status in the world?


    backtrack wants a fuller understanding of what happened in Algeria.

    how about your foreign policies suck, understand that

    • getfitnow

      “If the winds blow in an ugly direction I will side with
      Islam” — President WTF

    • Hokma

      There as a time, not too long ago, that a country like Algeria would let us know what was transpiring and even ask for our help, rather than inform us AFTER the fact.

  • FloridaFI

    Our President now commands the finest military force, ever.

    He has them now helping to serve tea at his inauguration.


    this is a good example of backtrack bunch not really understanding the muslim brotherhood and their beliefs


    here are some of the stories on the hostage situation


    was anyone as disgusted as I was for the last couple of days.
    Hostages from different countries held by arab terrorists and the msm talks about lance armstrong and his drug use, like who cares and a football players nonexistent girl friend. he is young he will get over it and go on with his life
    The hostages are people and as it turned out many died and in this country there are people who do not even know it was going on.
    the msm covering up for the shortcomings of the backtrack bunch is becoming dangerous to this country

    • KenoshaMarge

      I find their behavior repulsive. All Armstrong and Manti Te’o all the time. As if their disgusting behavior was as important as the lies of the Obama Administration or the MSM’s refusal to ask the important questions about Benghazi.
      Dead Americans killed by terrorists aren’t nearly as important to our corrupt and dysfunctional media as lying sports figures.

      • Hokma

        It is all a distraction from the continued failed economy and as Larry described a worsening foreign policy situation.

        • foxyladi14


        • KenoshaMarge


      • getfitnow

        Wonder why the msm aren’t interested in That One’s “imaginary” girlfriend?

        Lance Armstrong’s lies haven’t made a bit of difference in my life or the direction this country is headed. On the other hand, who said it here, President WTF….

        Actually, Mr. Armstrong is so good at “shading the truth,” I’m sure there’s a place for him in That One’s cabinet.

    • HELENK2

      this might be part of the problem.

      CNN (journalist)????? stalks backtrack has written him a letter every day since he has been in office

      • nickoury

        And this unlike Hitler, Stalin. Mao, Kim Jong-il, Kim Sum-ll worship how exactly?

        The vast majority of the US press and news media are completely useless.

      • sowsear1

        Just another composite imaginary girlfriend

  • getfitnow

    Sort of o/t
    Nigerian troops heading to a base for deployment to Mali already paying the price in blood.:(

  • getfitnow

    BP chief executive on Algerian hostage crisis: ‘Terrorists had
    an intention of potentially destroying the entire facility’ – @Telegraph


    earlier escapees of algerian terror attack tell of harrowing experience

    • getfitnow

      That was quick. Anybody heard from the Benghazi survivors?

      • KenoshaMarge

        Video? They’re still trying to figure out why they simply accepted story of Manti Te’o’s nonexistent girlfriend when a few phone calls would have alerted them to the lie. But then that would have required competency and we know they have none.
        Meanwhile they still aren’t interested in the Benghazi story because it would show that the man they helped get re-elected isn’t competent to run a 7-11!

      • MG6

        Does anyone knows who these Benghazi survivors are?

  • KenoshaMarge

    Obama has never had a plan for anything except running his mouth. His so-called signiture accomplishment was written by Pelosi and others Dems and is still not wanted by a majority of Americans.

    He is a significantly nasty little babbler who cannot seem to give a speech about anything without exposing his nasty character. Is it really necessary to attack the GOP all the time? (Hint according to Dickerson over a Slate it is necessary for Obama to destroy the GOP to protect his “legacy.”

  • foxyladi14

    We are a nation of 51% Gimme Dats

  • foxyladi14

    Well said Larry.thank you.

  • Hokma
  • no_longer_a_democrat

    “Al-queda”? says the MSM, what’s that?

    Since MSM won’t report on it, it doesn’t exist, they’re too busy throwing rose petals at their Messiah’s feet.

  • Popsmoke

    Ok LJ … My weird shit ometer is being pegged:.. So we had a collapse of security eh? Now since it appaers that some might have known of the attack. Can we assume that maybe so did parts of the GOA and they decided to let it happen to strenghten its position for more foreign and military aid?
    But and I hate to say this. This is what one can expect when playing the expat game in a third world country. Money is not everything…

    • Fred82


      Al Qaida has proven itself extremely adept in the art of infiltration and the use of disguise. Al Qaida and its affiliates also have their share of sympathizers and fellow ideologues in that part of the world.

      Al Qaida also knows how to use the tactic of bribery. Of course it helps when you are as feared as al Qaida is in that neck of the woods.

  • getfitnow

    This is what happens when you go from being the #1 Superpower to “just another country like everybody else”. You´re not
    important enough to be kept in the loop.

  • getfitnow

    Al Jazeera´s Rosiland Jordan, reporting from
    Washington, said the US has been very cautious to avoid any sign of “US
    involvement in terms of rescue operations”.

    Yeah, they did that in Bengazhi too.

    • Hokma

      And just like Benghazi they are all dead now.

      To make matters worse Hillary Clinton NOW says we need to have better counter terrorism inside Algeria now. Why now and now months ago? Because we once again have dead Americans?

  • MG6

    This idea of Obama being portrayed as a Saviour is down right blasphemy. Obama being beyond smart is down right ridicules.

  • Eyes Wide Open

    Indeed. Either our Government is incompetent or complacent.or involved.

  • Hokma

    And in other parts of the Arab Spring . . . .

    Despite an agreement with the IAEA, Iran’s Ambassador to the IAEA Soltanieh, “however, stuck to Iran’s stance that it would not stop uranium enrichment “for a second”.”

    And despite the useful idiot Jeffrey Goldberg mouthing Obama knowing what is better for Israel, at this point it appears that Israel could pack up and leave all the settlements and even Jerusalem and they will still not be able to have a peace settlement with the Palestinians on the West Bank because

    “Hamas is steadily gaining strength among Palestinians in
    the West Bank and, according to multiple indicators being observed by security forces, is winning the battle for hearts and minds in the court of public opinion at Fatah’s expense.”

    Harken back to 2009 when the boy wonder flew off to Cairo and made a speech that apologized to all Muslims for our country’s rude behavior.

    And all Obama does is plan how to demonize Republicans over gun control.

  • Fred82


    When are the dopes in DC going to get the memo that al Qaida are strategic, calculating individuals that often quite a bit of time to plot and execute attacks?

    For that matter, I would say al Qaida are more capable of rational and strategic thought than the DC crowd at the moment.

    Al Qaida said bleed the US to bankruptcy and what did we do?

    • Retired_from_SPOnaj

      Obama’s leftist advisors, raised on Saul Alinsky, somehow have convinced themselves that radical Islamists are part of the same secular liberal global revolution, All that they need to do is get in the same room to talk and everything will be OK.

      Perhaps the best fictional screen representation of this belief is the Steven Spielberg movie, “Munich.” If you recall, in 2005 when the movie was released, Spielberg was convinced that once the Jihadis saw it, they would realize that both they and and Israelis wanted the same thing and that global peace would thus ensue,

      Unfortunately, the starstruck Obama crew learned nothing from the failure of Munich to bring about world peace, They still think that if a conservative and a liberal are captured by Jihadis, the conservative will be tortured to death (which is OK by them) and they themselves will be welcomed by the Jihadis as brothers of the same global revolution. The naivete of this uniformed point of view is virtually unmeasurable,

      • Fred82


        Back in the 1960s, the Communist sympathizers in America would have been the first to face the firing squad in the event of a Communist takeover.

        In fact I remember a story that my old teacher told about Hugalu Khan and the Wazirs. A Wazir sold his tribe out to the Mongols and Hugalu ordered him to be hung. Hugalu’s reasoning: If one is to sell out their own tribe, what is to stop them from selling us out?

      • TeakWoodKite

        “…and it will look back at you.”
        Spot on.

  • TeakWoodKite

    I read today that Libyan “freedom” fighters approached a Canadian company that makes small drone tech driven by a cell phone app for GPS guidance, who sold them one for a 120k. Point being, the element of surprise is a fickle sister who wants revenge. She won’t wait long to level the playing field.

    No shit? There are moles in the Sahara? … I had to check and what do ya know? It looks like BO.

    The naked mole rat (Heterocephalus glaber) also known as the sand puppy or desert mole rat, is a burrowing rodent native to parts of East Africa and the only species currently classified in the genus Heterocephalus

    Then there is this scholarly paper that says the The Egyption caln are more passive than the Israeli clan of naked mole rats. Who knew?


    remember when GW Bush said he was not bothered by ben laden and everyone went nuts over it?

    He was right. It is good that ben laden is gone, but he was not the be all and end all of muslim terrorists. There are many and they are not all in one place.
    Backtrack’s big mouth bragging over something the SEALS did not him just gave the terrorists a symbol for their never ending anger. Backtrack made ben laden more than he was.

    • Fred82

      If our politicians were this bad in World War II, I am inclined to think that the outcome would have been very different.

    • bbf

      How is it good that Bin Laden is dead..and those who provided him with monetary support (US $$$$) are still alive and well..and appearing on MSNBC as special guest and expert on everything….to be interviewed by their daughter of the same name… and the RINO Joe S.

  • HARP2

    President WTF can`t be bothered with this little stuff. He has some serious partying to do.

    • elizabethrc

      President WTF…that’s the most perfect title for Obama I’ve ever read. On target!

    • getfitnow


    • foxyladi14

      nailed it. lololol