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Obama Took Osama Out of Context

Now this is fascinating.

President Obama Thursday deceptively took Osama Bin Laden’s words out of context to help make a point about how al Qaeda is on its knees and we can curtail our use of drones – and start winding down the rest of the War on Terror. Or what’s apparently now “The War on a Couple of Remaining Terrorists.”

Next time get your facts straight, infidel.
Next time get your facts straight, infidel.

The deception was uncovered by terrorism analyst Thomas Joscelyn, who wrote today in The Weekly Standard. Joscelyn notes that the drone program has indeed been effective at killing bad guys. But he also makes the important point that drones are a tactic, not a strategy – and a tactic to which al Qaeda has adjusted.

In Thursday’s grand strategy speech before the National Defense University, Obama said this:

To begin with, our actions are effective. Don’t take my word for it. In the intelligence gathered at bin Laden’s compound, we found that he wrote, “We could lose the reserves to enemy’s air strikes. We cannot fight air strikes with explosives.”

Sounds like Bin Laden is saying, OMG, we’re even about to lose the reserves! We’re helpless with our primitive explosives before these high-tech air strikes!

But Joscelyn takes a look at the entire document of Bin Laden’s writings, as released by the White House, and notices that, well, that’s not what Bin Laden was saying at all. Here’s the full quote:

The Ummah will use the reserve in the future, but during the appropriate time. In the meanwhile, we do not want to send the reserves to the front line, especially in areas where the enemy only uses air strikes to attack our forces. So, the reserves will not, for the most part, be effective in such conflicts. Basically, we could lose the reserves to enemy’s air strikes. We cannot fight air strikes with explosives!

What Bin Laden is actually saying is – We got reserves, let’s not waste them! And, Bin Laden goes on the suggest, he has lots of reserves:

It is known that they teach in military and war science that if a war breaks out between two countries, the two countries do not send all of their forces to the front line. Instead, they hold back some forces, especially forces with special training . . .

We still have a powerful force which we can organize and prepare for deployment.

Now, whether or not Bin Laden has a “powerful force” lying in wait – I got no idea. What’s important here is that Obama has selectively quoted Bin Laden to suggest Bin Laden himself knows the jig is up. And that just ain’t so.

41 Responses to Obama Took Osama Out of Context

  1. Wow, Obama being deceptive with his words. Again. You know, at least Osama spoke his mind when he communicated to his people. This dude in the White House lies and prevaricates so much I doubt even his staff knows what is real.

      • I don’t know if he does or he doesn’t have a clue, but he is trying to make himself look good by claiming, once again, that he has ended terrorism. If he truly doesn’t know about the continued existence of terrorism, he’s claiming the idiot defense as Jonah Goldberg said. If he does know about it but will do nothing, I call that treason.

  2. The final justice meted out to bin Laden was symbolic to most Americans because we knew it wasn’t over, would never be over.

    During the 2012 campaign as MrObama and others claimed that “bin Laden was dead and GM was alive”, but again, we knew it wasn’t exactly the truth, because terrorism was still alive and threatening, and GM’s revival was shaky at best and left a lot of victims with nothing.
    In his speech, MrObama’s words seemed more like wishful thinking than reality. As he picked certain words of bin Laden to prove something that we know to be untruthful, he hurts himself and the trust of Americans that their President is ever vigilant.

    There’s no explaining what drives or motivates what MrO says when he flies off into his fantasy perfect world, but it’s not where we live.
    When he denies that America is safe from a major terrorist attack by refusing to admit the Boston bombing, the twarted airline bombing, or even the shooting of unarmed soldiers by a Muslim were “major” incidents only shows his distance from what ordinary Americans feel about what happens here on our soil.

    It’s not clear if MrO actually reaches many citizens with his never-ending speeches (or preaches), but he can’t talk away the everyday threat we live with from radical murderous Muslims.

    • William Bullitt and Sigmund Freud, in their psychological study of Woodrow Wilson, said the following:

      “Throughout his life he took intense interest only in subjects which could somehow be connected with speech…He took no interest in mathematics, science, art or music–except in singing himself, a form of speaking. His method of thinking about a subject seems to have been to imagine himself making a speech about it…He seems to have thought about political or economic problems only when he was preparing to make a speech about them either on paper or from the rostrum. His memory was undoubtedly of the vaso-motor type. The use of his vocal chords was to him inseparable from thinking.”

      The same can be said of Obama 100 years later.

      • There’s a good book – I am the change: Barack Obama and the crisis of liberalism, by Charles Kesler – that draws the political line from Wilson to Obama. Maybe I’ll do a post on it – the book really explains a lot.

        • Also read Jonah Goldberg’s “Liberal Fascism” – my guess is many of the same themes are discussed. Goldberg doesn’t talk about Obama but the parallels are pretty obvious.

        • Wilson was black?

          (sorry – it was just sitting there, waiting….)

          Thanks for rec. Keith. Second only to listening to Barack would be reading about Woodrow. However, will give it a look. It’s just depressing to think about how long this ideology has been building. Oh well….

    • “Bin Laden was dead and GM was alive”

      BFD. We were GM stockholders who got nothing…nada for our stock…when they were bailed out with our tax dollars. We’re glad Bin Laden is out of the picture, but we will NEVER buy another GM vehicle (and now drive Volvos).

  3. If we’ve learned anything in the past few weeks, it’s that this administration will parse any word or phrase to their defense or to their advantage. They’re count on (and for really good reasoning & historical patterns) an MSM that won’t pay attention to the parsing and on the countless low information voters who simply can’t be bothered with government official saying one thing and doing another or simply breaking the law altogether – after all, it’s worked for 5 years up until about 3 weeks ago.

    Can’t recall who said it (Krauthammer?) but the gist was that this administration’s ability to parse words makes Clinton look like an amateur. Um, about right…

  4. The man is not only a malignant narcissist, he’s delusional if he thinks he can convince America there is no radicalized Islamic jihad being waged against the Western world. We have eyes and ears and we can see for ourselves what happened in Fort Hood, TX; Benghazi, Libya; Boston, MA; and Great Britain earlier this week…

    “Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt.” ~ Mark Twain

  5. He (Osama) is dead and His Most Arrogance is still bragging about it. Well if that is not a bigger recruitment for the terrorists than Gitmo, then I’m living in the past.

  6. Wasn’t this speech defined as a major foreign policy address of his second term. If so, it fails as miserably as his daily domestic speeches.

    Listening to him is like eating a fish dinner – two hours later you’re hungry for meat and potatoes and there’s only salad leftover being served up by King Arugala.

  7. I’m surprised obeama even knows a drone is real and not only on the game console, let alone whether the use them is a tactic or a strategy.

    And as we all know, the Truth is not the truth until it is uttered by The One. And I am pretty sure if someone told him it was taken out of full context he would say he was not aware of that until he heard the news.

    And this could even be true — Hey Ben, find me some stuff that supports my claim that AQ is on the run and Osama knew he was done for.

  8. Ah yes, that great military strategist, Barack “Stonewall” Obama. Give him a teleprompter loaded with remarks to deliver and he could also be a brilliant mathematician, engineer, brain surgeon….the list is endless. Of course, that assumes he actually understood what he was speaking about………

    • When Preezy Revenge had his exchange with the commie plant, he told his audience he was going “off script”. Wouldn’t doubt the guy is so dense he can’t tie his shoe laces without a script.

        • I wonder what the White House offered her to participate. Medea and her buddies at Code Pink have been all over FCMABBHO’s butt for ages.

        • Where you been Just2old? Good to see you back!

          What was she offered, Mandy? My guess is relevance. She was all over state-run media after that farcical exchange.

          • Check out the headlines on the right.


            While President Obama was delivering remarks about American foreign policy pertaining to the administration’s drone program and practices of indefinite detention at Guantanamo bay, CODEPINK Co-founder, Medea Benjamin, stood up and spoke out several times. She called on the President to use his power as Commander-In-Chief to close Guantanamo prison, release the 86 Guantanamo prisoners who have been cleared for release, and stop the killer drone program that is causing the deaths of innocent civilians, violating international law, and making us less safe here in America. The President responded to her comments by remarking, “the voice of that woman is worth paying attention to.”



  9. Harry Truman had a sign on his desk which said “The Buck stops Here”. Our muslim coddling, incredibly brave Commander in Chump has one on his desk which says “Surrender is our only Option”.

  10. What Obama will not admit: al Qaeda is stronger than ever. They have taken over the Maghreb and the Ummah completely. They are located in Indonesia, South America, throughout Europe (the UK in particular). There is no “central headquarters” for al Qaeda. Al Qaeda is made up of thousands of franchises, some of which fight against each others, others which work together. Obama is describing a situation which does not exist. If he attended more than 40 percent of his daily intelligence briefings, he might begin to under what’s going on in the world.

    From: (Daniel Greenfield) below:

    “In a bizarre statement, a month after Muslim terrorists set off bombs at the Boston Marathon that wounded 264 people, Obama claimed that, “There have been no large-scale attacks on the United States, and our homeland is more secure.”

    The Boston terrorists only killed 3 people, but injured 264. There were at least 16 amputations of limbs. The original World Trade Center bombing resulted in six deaths and fifteen traumatic injuries. The Boston bombings are in a class with that.”