Have you seen the new video of Al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula marching around and chanting, “Death to America?”

Finally, frigging CNN is talking about something other than the goddamned missing plane:

A new video shows what looks like the largest and most dangerous gathering of al Qaeda in years. And the CIA and the Pentagon either didn’t know about it or couldn’t get a drone there in time to strike.

U.S. officials won’t comment on that, but every frame of the video is now being analyzed by the United States.

In the middle of the clip, the man known as al Qaeda’s crown prince, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, appears brazenly out in the open, greeting followers in Yemen. Al-Wuhayshi, the No. 2 leader of al Qaeda globally and the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has said he wants to attack the United States. But in the video, he looks unconcerned that he could be hit by an American drone.

No denying. This is major egg on the face of Barack “Al Qaeda is On the Run” Obama. And it didn’t take the neocon crowd long to get on the tube and bitch about Obama’s weakness in fighting the war on terrorism. Only one little problem–Obama has authorized more drone strikes and killings than did George W. Bush.

Understand me–I’m not giving Obama a pass for over playing and exaggerating the decline of Al Qaeda. But, what no one is pointing out, to my knowledge, is the fact that the strategy of “war on terrorism” is not a “strategy” and what we are doing is not working effectively to quell the potential for future threats. Both Bush and Obama share blame on this.

Wall Street Journal suggests that the problem is Obama putting handcuffs on the CIA:

Last year, President Barack Obama announced tighter standards on U.S. drone programs and directed the CIA to transfer its drone strike program into military hands, though the pace of that transition has been slow. The military’s drone program in Yemen has been on hold since the wedding convoy strike.

No. In fact, the problem is one of no coordination. There is no effective coordination, guided by a strategic vision, for using the full array of US power to find and neutralize those Islamic zealots eager to get their jihad on. An old friend, a grizzled CIA vet who has spent a lot of time in both Iraq and Afghanistan, remarked that in Afghanistan that not even the CIA was coordinating with itself in country. Activities in Kandahar were being carried out without regard to activities in other parts of Afghanistan.

Here is where Obama is at fault. A smart President would put someone in charge–a George Marshall for the War on Terror–to craft and enforce a strategy. Doesn’t exist. That’s why we have this parade of assholes in Yemen.

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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.