Retired Marine Corps Lt. Col. Oliver North says President Barack Obama's comparison of al-Qaida terrorists to a junior varsity sports team is "flip," "smart-ass" and "below presidential."
In an interview with The New Yorker editor David Remnick,
who suggested al-Qaida has not been "decimated," as the president claimed last year, Obama said:
"The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a JV [junior varsity] team puts on Lakers uniforms, that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant."
North, host of "War Stories" on Fox News Channel, wasn't impressed.
"It's a flip, smart-ass answer. Forgive me for putting it that way, but that's what it really is. It's juvenile and it's below presidential," he told "The Steve Malzberg Show on Newsmax TV.
"This president has been unable to say the words 'radical Islamist' and put them in a sentence together.
"This is his own version of what [former Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton did back in the aftermath of Benghazi, [saying] 'What difference does it make?' Do you remember that?"
North says al-Qaida is continuing to grow by dangerous leaps and bounds.
"Tens of thousands of people have died at the hands of al-Qaida affiliates or radical Islamists, which is the proper term, since Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad in May of 2011," North said.
"Now, if anybody thinks that al-Qaida or radical Islam has given up the fight just because we've decided to unilaterally surrender, I've got news for you. You can have peace, but you won't have tranquility. Americans will continue to die.
"We've seen Americans die, most recently in Kabul. You're going to see Americans die in other places around the world and, apparently, it doesn't matter because it's being done by the 'JV.'"
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