by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
“Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive” was a favorite mantra of the Obama campaign during the 2012 election. The implication was that al-Qaeda was “decimated,” as President Obama said several times.
But the recent release of documents taken from Osama bin Laden’s Abbottabad hideout shows that al-Qaeda, far from being “decimated,” was, in fact, growing even stronger.
The information was deliberately withheld from the American people by President Obama, who released just a few pages of documents in May of 2012, carefully selected to jibe with the administration’s narrative on al-Qaeda. …
… The only thing really surprising here is the lengths to which Obama went to justify pulling troops from Iraq — that he would risk so much just to please his liberal base. Intelligence in this case was cynically manipulated to paint a false picture of American security. …
… Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Thomas Joscelyn, who with Bill Roggio had been advocating for the release of the bin Laden documents for years, said, “That narrative that came out in 2012, we knew immediately was wrong, totally wrong, and was basically a cherry-picked version of what’s going on.”