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November 19, 2008

Richard Clarke on Zawahri tape
Posted by Moira Whelan

We spoke to Richard Clarke today who authorized us to pass along the following statement on the tape which I think says it best:

"Obama's election has taken the wind out of al Qaeda's sails in much of the Islamic world because it demonstrates America's renewed commitment to multiculturalism, human rights, and international law. It also proves to many that democracy can work and overcome ethnic, sectarian, or racial barriers.

"Obama's commitment to withdraw from Iraq also takes away an al Qaeda propaganda tenet: that the U.S. seeks to occupy oil rich Arab lands. His commitment to defeat al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan also challenges their plans. Most of all, by returning to American values the world admires, Obama sets al Qaeda back enormously in the battle of ideas, the ideological struggle which determines whether al Qaeda will continue to have significant support in the Islamic world."

-Richard Clarke




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How about the fact that this is coming from Zawahri instead of OBL?

Obama's election has definitely increased US soft power and decreased al Qaeda's recruiting pool.

It's as easy for Al Qaeda to disguise the source of OBL tapes as Zawahri's. It's been years since we've had a video clip from OBL. I think most Americans see OBL has have gotten away to die a natural death, and that there is no reason to spend more $$$ or blood on Afghanistan. (Pakistan being a different matter.) Now that we are in complkete economic collapse, our best public works programs are to be spent state side.

I intended my comment above to be in response to Simmons.

Richard Clarke? Who's that? Is that the failed counter-terrorism Czar who failed to prevent 911? Oooooo. He's just fawning for a job w the Obama Admin.

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I am not Convinced with the report analysis given by Richard Clarke. This is the time to intervene and act to combat present economic crisis in order to save own motherland from expected bankruptcy than to waste lot of energy and time to reform other parts of the world.

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