Bill Kristol: 'A Year Ago Obama Said al-Qaida on Run, Now It's US on Run'

Monday, 05 Aug 2013 08:18 AM

By Greg Richter

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Despite President Barack Obama's words four years ago that al Qaida is "on the run," it now appears that the United States is in that position, Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol said on "Fox News Sunday."

"Four years ago President Obama gave a much heralded speech as outreach to the Muslim world," Kristol said during a panel discussion. "And now, four years later we are closing embassies throughout the Muslim world. A year ago, the president said al-Qaida is on the run. And now we seem to be on the run."

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The administration closed 22 embassies http://www.newsmax.com/Headline/peter-king-chambliss-threat/2013/08/04/id/518622 throughout northern Africa and the Middle East on Sunday following intercepted communications of al Qaida operatives of possible coordinated attacks.

"I'm not criticizing the decision to close the embassies," Kristol said. "That’s probably the right thing to do for the sake of trying to save American lives and others, but it’s a terrible thing. "That you know, just a year ago boasting al-Qaida is on the run and Osama bin Laden is dead."



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