President Barack Obama misled the country on the strength of Al Qaeda and the War on Terror by cherry-picking intelligence, all to insure he was re-elected in 2012.
The bombshell allegation comes from Rukmini Callimachi, one of America’s foremost authorities on terrorism. According to the Weekly Standard, Callimachi claims that in the months leading up to the election, the Obama administration purposely released reports that portrayed Al Qaeda in disarray and no longer a threat. The positive spin on the war on terror was not true, as we now know. Not only was Al Qaeda on the move, ISIS was taking over in many Middle East hot spots, a realization America would not make until much later.
The narrative that Al Qaeda was on the run took the terrorism issue off the table for Mitt Romney, for the most part. Considering how Romney was running well against Obama that year, the lack of any negative press certainly helped when the media turned on the GOP candidate closer to the election. Among other narratives, Obama also mocked Romney for naming Russia as a threat to U.S. security.
Had the truth been known about both Al Qaeda and Russia during the campaign, Romney could have capitalized and kept his momentum up until election day.
“The overall narrative that I think was being pushed to the press, and if you look back at the editorials that were done when that trove came out, was an image of bin Laden isolated, he had lost control of this group,” Callimachi reportedly said at a conference this weekend, as she talked about 17 documents released by the Obama administration early in 2012 that lied about the strength of Al Qaeda.
Think back to when bin Laden was killed. It was 2011, it was right before a major campaign season. I don’t want to underplay the role that the killing of Osama bin Laden had. But I think that that was theorized into something much bigger.
The head of the organization has been killed, and now — these are literally quotes that I would get: the organization has been “decimated,” the organization is in “disarray,” the organization is “on the run.” At the same time that we were preparing to pull out troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, I think that it was important to portray this as a problem that no longer existed.
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H/T: The Blaze