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Will Obama ignore the Al Qaeda-Iranian link?

If so, we must ask why and we must ask loudly:

The attempted Christmas Day underwear bombing of Northwest Flight 253 may have Iranian fingerprints, but those are dots the Obama administration doesn't want to connect.

Iran and al Qaeda have made mutual war on America in Yemen before. In November 2008, Western security officials intercepted a letter signed by bin Laden deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri thanking Iran for its "vision" in helping al Qaeda establish a foothold in Yemen after being routed from Iraq and Saudi Arabia. The terror leader praised Tehran for its "monetary and infrastructure assistance" related to a September 2008 attack on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen's capital Sana'a. Sixteen people were killed in the attack, which featured machine gun and rocket fire supporting a double suicide car bombing.

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The Obama administration, eager to curry favor with the Islamic regime in Tehran, has downplayed the Iranian connection to al Qaeda in Yemen. In December, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Jeffrey Feltman noted "theories" of Iranian involvement in Yemen, but said the United States does not have "independent information" corroborating them. In any case, he said it was in the "collective interest" of countries in the region to "narrow" the conflict in Yemen, though this assertion seems more based on a fervent wish for peace than a realistic assessment of Iranian interests.

Al Qaeda's interests are obvious. At his confirmation hearing in May, Mr. Feltman said that the United States is "deploying new approaches to the threat posed by Iran with our eyes wide open and with no illusions." The Obama team might want to open their eyes a little wider.

Actually, given history, they're likely to narrow their eyes and ignore what is increasingly obvious to the rest of us.

And at some point, the American people will have to wonder why and demand some answers hopefully before a mushroom cloud is seen above one of our larger cities.

H/T to Steve Schippert of ThreatsWatch, via email, who wrote a related piece back in '07:

Understanding the nature of the enemy is fundamental to successfully engaging that enemy, be it on the battlefields of metal and flesh, the battlefields of ideas, or the battlefields of information and communication. To this end, it is absolutely critical that the West - and the American public in particular - understand that, unlike the way the American political landscape so often appears, our terrorist enemies are often more willing to lay aside their fundamental and substantive differences for the purposes of engaging a mutual enemy. There is no greater example of this than the cooperation between Sunni al-Qaeda leadership and that of Shi'a Hizballah and their Iranian masters.

Reading the rest would be wise.

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Comments (11)

Submission Accomplished!</p... (Below threshold)
914:

Submission Accomplished!

Amazing what you've intenti... (Below threshold)
Steve Green:

Amazing what you've intentionally left out of your selective edit and quote of the Times editorial -- the reasoning that suggests the connection between AQ and Iran is nothing but more right wing drum-beating bullshit.

Some intelligence analysts downplay the idea of cooperation between al Qaeda and Iran because the two are ideological foes.

Let's see - intelligence analysts suggest it's bullshit but some right wing cigar-chomping ideloague of a newspaper editor thinks its a good idea to go to war with Iran so you chumps dutifully carry his water, going so far as to endorse the idea without even noting the reasons that suggest not to....

Chumps is the only word that describes anyone who reads a Wizbang article without clicking through and finding out the whole story.

"..our terrorist enemies... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"..our terrorist enemies are often more willing to lay aside their fundamental and substantive differences for the purposes of engaging a mutual enemy."

I'm reminded of a quote that goes something like this: "The enemy of my enemy is my friend".

that jug eared adolescent i... (Below threshold)
moseby:

that jug eared adolescent in the White House is a pussy...I do not need a ny slimes article to tell me that!!! JEEZ!!!

s green "Let's see - i... (Below threshold)
Marc:

s green "Let's see - intelligence analysts suggest it's bullshit but some right wing cigar-chomping ideloague of a newspaper editor thinks its a good idea to go to war with Iran so you chumps dutifully carry his water, going so far as to endorse the idea without even noting the reasons that suggest not to...."

There seems to be a failure to communicate here. Or understand basic English.

Downplay:

-verb (used with object)
to treat or speak of (something) so as to reduce emphasis on its importance, value, strength, etc.: The press has downplayed the president's role in the negotiations.

Note "downplay" does not mean refute, disprove, rebut or confute. Another words what was asserted is still possible.

Psssst... "Omar bin Laden and his wife, Zaina, who is British, said in the interview that at least six of Osama bin Laden's children and one of his wives live in a comfortable compound in Tehran with other relatives, for a total of about 30 family members there."

Move along right s green, nothing to see there.

"Will Obama ignore the Al Q... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"Will Obama ignore the Al Qaeda-Iranian link?"-rick

Total bullcrap. The shi-ite aryan Iranians loath the backward semites of AlQaeda. Always have.

Happily now, even the Neo-European Likudnik Israeli gubmint of Netanyahu is making reproachment with the Muslim White Folk just south of the Caucasus.

I won't even credit Obama. I'll credit Common Sense.

BryanD, the Mullahs and Aya... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

BryanD, the Mullahs and Ayatollahs can't see the value of a hostage? Can't understand the ancient concept of enemy of my enemy? Or me against my cousin, family united against our neighbor, neighbors against outsiders? Wouldn't be willing to give aid to someone they loathe to see a more hated foe take a shot to the shorts?

and as usual... Joooooos

bryanD gives credit to comm... (Below threshold)
John Irving:

bryanD gives credit to common sense? Would that he had any.

I mean, obviously people with differing backgrounds and ethos NEVER cooperate.

I mean, racist Aryan-supremacist Nazi's would never have allied with the Japanese, now, would they? Of course not, that's just common sense!

Or maybe Steve Green, bryanD, and Obama are idiots. Since I know history better than they, that's where good money bets.

Hell, even "racist Aryan-su... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Hell, even "racist Aryan-supremacist Nazi's" are allying with what they have always viewed as imperfect dark-skinned people; Muslims. Their common foe? Jooooos. Not that they don't harbor a high level of distrust for each other, but some things will take precedence.

To some that just wouldn't make sense - let alone "common sense". I'm surprised our BryanD, who is prone to entertaining thoughts of shadowy behind-the-scenes machinations, isn't looking harder at the possibility of Iran and al Qaeda.

BryanD writes: ""Will Obama... (Below threshold)
Hank:

BryanD writes: ""Will Obama ignore the Al Qaeda-Iranian link?"-rick

Total bullcrap."

Really? According to TIME, 7/16/2004...
"9/11 Commission Finds Ties Between al-Qaeda and Iran"

Really? According to TIME, ... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Really? According to TIME, 7/16/2004...
"9/11 Commission Finds Ties Between al-Qaeda and Iran"
10. Posted by Hank

The closest CONFIRMED Government ties to AlQaeda.

1)Saudi Arabia (Anglo-American puppet state since Balfour)

2)USA





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