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Obama Used Terrorism For Political Gain?

From the UK’s Guardian:

Barack Obama accused of exaggerating terror threat for political gain

Pakistani diplomat launches scathing attack on White House
European intelligence claims raised terror alerts ‘nonsensical’

Simon Tisdall and Richard Norton-Taylor
Thursday 7 October 2010

A US terror alert issued this week about al-Qaida plots to attack targets in western Europe was politically motivated and not based on credible new information, senior Pakistani diplomats and European intelligence officials have told the Guardian.

The non-specific US warning, which despite its vagueness led Britain, France and other countries to raise their overseas terror alert levels, was an attempt to justify a recent escalation in US drone and helicopter attacks inside Pakistan that have "set the country on fire", said Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the high commissioner to Britain.

Hasan, a veteran diplomat who is close to Pakistan’s president, suggested the Obama administration was playing politics with the terror threat before next month’s midterm congressional elections, in which the Republicans are expected to make big gains.

Allah help us, but we are tempted to believe a Pakistani diplomat over our own President.

He also claimed President Obama was reacting to pressure to demonstrate that his Afghan war strategy and this year’s troop surge, which are unpopular with the American public, were necessary

If that were the case, wouldn’t Mr. Obama have gotten some dependable liberal hack to publish a book about his struggles over the war just before the elections? – Wait a minute…

Dismissing claims of a developed, co-ordinated plot aimed at Britain, France and Germany, European intelligence officials also pointed the finger at the US, and specifically at the White House. "To stitch together [the terror plot claims] in a seamless narrative is nonsensical," said one well-placed official

They said Washington was the "driver" behind claims about a series of "commando-style" plots and that the CIA – perhaps because it was worried about provoking unwelcome attention to its drone strikes – was also extremely annoyed by the publicity given to them.

The plot claims, which western intelligence agencies were aware of for months, were leaked last week to the American media.

They were followed by a spate of what security and intelligence officials said were exaggerated claims in the British media, a US state department warning to American citizens to be vigilant when visiting Britain, France, and Germany, a "tit for tat" warning by France to its citizens visiting the UK, and alerts issued by the Swedish and Japanese governments.

Thomas de Maizière, Germany’s interior minister, publicly expressed his scepticism about the US terror warning, saying he saw no sign of an imminent attack on Germany. He described the danger to Germany as "hypothetical"

Allah help us, but we are even tempted to believe Europeans over our own President.

A US official said: "Our allies have been briefed on the nature of the threat and the intelligence that led to the travel alert and everyone understands this cannot be taken lightly.

"To try to ascribe any political motivation is misguided and irresponsible."

Hilarious. How much do you want to bet this same "US official" is a Democrat who had no problem whatsoever ascribing "political motivation" to Mr. Bush’s terrorism warnings, early and often.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 8th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Obama Used Terrorism For Political Gain?”

  1. misanthropicus says:

    Unfortunately, no matter how much I believe that some radical Islamist wouldn’t hesitate to attack civilian objectives in the Europe, I have so much suspicion towards this administration’s ways, that I see them willing to try to stage a Potemkiniade/ 1984 “hate-hour” strictly aiming to hysterize the home audience.
    Can it be Obama’s eery ability to locate miscreants and enemies in the deepest fog for the indignant citizenry: “There are those out there who ….”?

    Thanks for alerting us, Barry –

  2. JohnMG says:

    It’s alarmingly pathetic when even a 7th century mind can see through our ‘gifted’ POtuS’ pronouncements and register his true motives.

    Which, when you think about it, is a pathetic indictment on approximately 53 per cent of the voting populous during the ’08 elections. Evidently, they couldn’t.

    And so, Obama once again lends living proof that…….not only is “a mind (is) a terrible thing to waste”, but “A waste is a terrible thing to mind”.

  3. proreason says:

    The most likely October surprise is a “crisis” in foreign affairs. This ain’t it.

    Second most likely is an economic “crisis”.

    And of course, there is always the possiblity of a personal attack on the saintly but beknighted Obamy himself by some domestic terror organization sponsored by the Tea Parties.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    “Never let a crisis go to waste” even if you have to fudge it alittle for personal gain.
    No wonder the world foo foo’s us as a World Super Power.

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