More video problems for Obama administration

Harf Re Apparent al-Qaida Video: “Surprised?  No, We’re Not Surprised.  Where On Earth Did You Get That Idea?”

By Ken K. Gourdin

In response to a video apparently showing a large-scale meeting of al-Quaida operatives in Yemen, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf recently was quoted as saying, “”I don’t think we can make generalizations about their strength based on one video, quite frankly. We know they’ve been gaining in strength. … So, I don’t think this increases our concern, because quite frankly, our concern was already incredibly high.”1

Begging your pardon, Ma’am, but perhaps you could clarify the onset of this “incredibly high concern.”  Did this “incredibly high concern” begin to manifest itself before the 2012 presidential election despite Vice President Biden’s incessant crowing that “Osama Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive,” and despite President Obama’s equally incessant crowing that, “Osama Bin Laden is dead and al-Qaida is on the run”?

Here, apparently, is the rationale for Obama’s and Biden’s seeming dissembling: “You don’t understand!  We had an election to win when we made the latter two statements, and of course, if we had made the former statement before the election it would have decreased our chances of winning it!”

Here’s the Administration’s strategy.  Whatever happens, tell the public the Administration saw it coming from a mile away.  Whatever happens, tell the public the Administration is prepared for any contingency, however seemingly unforeseen or unexpected and however much it might seem that the occurrence caught the Administration off guard.  If a current statement regarding any such occurrence conflicts with a prior statement, simply pretend that no one made the prior statement.  Appearing competent is what matters.  Appearing consistent is what matters.

Got it.






See, e.g., Susan Crabtree (April 16, 2014), “Hard to discern al Qaeda strength from one video,” Washington Examiner, accessed on line at on June 20, 2014.


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