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Michelle Malkin: Obama’s Bloody Recipe for More Benghazi Attacks

By Michelle Malkin | @michellemalkin |

Gird your loins, America. President Barack Obama intends to empty out Guantanamo Bay and send scores of suspected Muslim terror operatives back to their jihadist-coddling native countries. Goaded by anti-war activists and soft-on-terror attorneys (including those from Attorney General Eric Holder’s former private law firm), Obama announced Thursday that he’ll lift a ban on sending up to 90 Yemeni detainees home and will initiate other stalled transfers out of the compound.

This radical appeasement of Obama’s left flank is a surefire recipe for more Benghazis, more USS Coles and more innocent lives at risk.

A little more than three years ago, the White House assured Americans that it would not release Yemeni detainees back to their al-Qaeda-infested land. In January 2010, international news outlets reported that at least a dozen former Guantanamo Bay prisoners had rejoined al-Qaeda to fight in Yemen. Yemen was also the terror training ground of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the jihadist who attempted to bomb Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas Day in 2009.

Abdulmutallab reportedly told the FBI there were countless al-Qaeda trainees like him in Yemen. The CIA knew of Abdulmutallab four months before his bombing attempt and was aware of him meeting with terrorists in Yemen a month before his arrest. British media also reported that counterterrorism and intelligence officers were “aware of several British nationals and British residents who had trained at camps in Yemen’s ‘ungoverned spaces.’”

From the very first days of Obama’s presidency, Americans in Yemen have been endangered. In late January 2009, the U.S. Embassy in Yemen came under gunfire. U.S. diplomatic staff had been warned of a pending attack. That same month, two former Yemeni Gitmo detainees, Said Ali al-Shihri and Abu Hareth Muhammad al-Awfi, released a video flipping America the bird.

They publicly recommitted to “aid the religion,” “establish the rightly guided caliphate” and “fight against our enemies” after undergoing terrorism “rehab” in Saudi Arabia. Charlie Sheen’s rehab worked better than that of the Sauds.

Military review panels indicated that al-Shihri had traveled to Afghanistan two weeks after the 9/11 attacks, trained and funded jihadists outside Kabul, and coordinated travel for al-Qaeda before being captured and held at Gitmo. After his release by the Bush administration, intel officials say he was involved in the deadly bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a, in September 2008.

Al-Shihri has reportedly been killed in drone attacks at least three times and may or may not have met the same fate as fellow Yemeni jihad leader and drone strike victim Anwar al-Awlaki. But this much is clear: Embassy staffers in Yemen have targets on their back, Benghazi-style. The warning flags are crimson red.

Yemen also produced Jamal Ahmed Mohammed al-Badawi, the convicted mastermind of the USS Cole bombing that took the lives of 17 American sailors in October 2000. As I’ve reported previously on the Yemen jihad revolving door: Despite being sentenced to the death penalty, escaping twice from jail and being indicted in the United States on terrorism charges, the Yemeni government freed al-Badawi in 2007 in exchange for a promise that he renounce his old murdering ways.

Al-Badawi remains at large and is on the FBI Most Wanted fugitive terrorist list.

As he did with the families of the Benghazi victims, Obama had promised the families of the USS Cole bombing victims “swift justice.” Instead, the administration initially dropped the death penalty case against a key Cole plotter being held at Gitmo — former Persian Gulf Operations Chief for al-Qaeda Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi Arabian national of Yemeni descent — and has dragged its feet on reinstating and pursuing the trial for four long years.

Which side are Obama and his lawyers on, anyway? As I reported in Culture of Corruption, Covington & Burling, the former private law firm of close Gitmo crusader and Attorney General Eric Holder, has provided dozens of Yemeni Gitmo detainees hundreds of hours of pro bono legal representation and sob-story media relations campaigns.

While these bleeding-heart lawyers dismiss the perils of Gitmo recidivism, the numbers don’t lie. I repeat: The Office of the Director of National Intelligence reports that 27.9 percent of the 599 former detainees released from Guantanamo were either confirmed or suspected of later engaging in jihadist attacks. One of those Gitmo recidivists still on the loose is Ansar al-Sharia leader Sufyan Ben Qumu, aka Abu Sufian bin Qumu, the suspected plotter of the Benghazi attack.

How much more American blood and treasure will this reckless, feckless game of jihadi catch-and-release cost?

Michelle Malkin is author of Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies. Contact her at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), follow her on Twitter: @michellemalkin, or click here to read previous columns. The opinions expressed are her own.




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» on 05.27.13 @ 09:38 AM

Ye , Michelle,

You have not been listening that most of the detainees have not even been charged with a crime. They were swept up for bounties paid by a former US administration. They are so happy about their treatment that they are trying to commit suicide and are being force fed to avoid further embarrassment by the US if they died.

You are right that they will want to get even for their treatment by Americans.

We do have a problem.

Who created this problem in the first place? And why?

WMDs, Yellow cake, Aluminum tubes, Mushroom clouds or mobile weapons labs?

You should check a little history before spewing such hate. 

Ronnie Dexter

» on 05.27.13 @ 03:39 PM

Ron, where is the hate? Malkin, as do I, profoundly disagree with this administration and its quest to treat enemy combatants as US citizens. That is not hate. There is a growing weariness that the left is trying desperately to redefine anything it disagrees with as hate. It sickens me that it has gone so far as it has and you know as well as I do its extremely corrosive to our society and culture.

Further, blaming Bush and his botched war effort to divert attention away from the south Chicago mobster we have now doesn’t resolve anything and is also tiring. Obama is in his second term, he owns everything now, the wars, the economy, the world’s perception of us. Get over Bush just like the idiots in the GOP had to get over Clinton. Deal with what we have now not the same tired excuse you had 5 years ago.

As for history Ron, Bush went to war for one reason, Saddam’s violation of UN resolutions. It was enough, even if we found nothing, in the halo of 911 and it was worth the risk. What happened after is debatable.

» on 05.27.13 @ 06:24 PM

Malkin is right about releasing “enemy combatants “. It is a bad idea that has already proven foolhardy by other releases. Don’t do it.
Now , as to An50’s delusional belief about why we went into Iraq, well that is pure mythology.  -  “As for history Ron, Bush went to war for one reason, Saddam’s violation of UN resolutions. ”
  The Project for a New American Century had been advocating for an invasion of Iraq since 1998.  That much is written , undisputable truth.    .Following is a partial list of PNAC members of the Bush administration.
Eliot Abrams,Richard Armitage, John Bolton , Dick Cheney , Scooter Libby , Donald Rumsfeld , Paul Wolfowitz , Conoleeza Rice.
  To argue that his was not a done deal before W’ s Inauguration Day is no more than ignorant hot air.

» on 05.27.13 @ 08:02 PM

Yep here come the black helicopters, chem trails and 911 insiders too!

» on 05.27.13 @ 10:17 PM

What do you call hate? “divert attention away from the south Chicago mobster we have now” Obama is in his second term, he owns everything now, the wars, the economy, the world’s perception of us.

Haven’t heard Bush or Cheney’s name latterly. Didn’t show at your convention either. You have to be really proud of them.
As for history Ron, Bush went to war for one reason, Saddam’s violation of UN resolutions. It was enough, even if we found nothing, in the halo of 911 and it was worth the risk. What happened after is debatable.
  I’ve heard quite a few reasons why we attacked Iraq. (Wrote this in 2007)
To punish Iraq for 9-11
Because Saddam refused to obey UN sanctions
Because he didn’t get out of town before sunset
Saddam had WMDs
There was a Saddam and Osama connection
To protect the us from “a mushroom cloud”
The Yellow Cake from Niger
The meetings in Prague
It would only take “6 days, 6 weeks at the most 6 months” 
To protect us from Iraq attacking us on our own beaches
To improve the situation for Iraqi women
To free the Iraqi people from Saddam
To stop a dictator worse than Hitler
To introduce freedom and democracy to the Middle East
To prevent Islamofascists from taking over the world
Saddam gassed the Kurds and killed millions of his own people With our choppers.
To bring Christianity to the Middle East
To fulfill the plans of The Project for a New American Century
To detract Americans while PNAC agenda was implemented
To use 9-11 as a new “the Pearl Harbor”
To blame someone other than Saudi Arabia for 9-11
To blame Saddam instead of Osama
Avoid catching Osama because the bin Ladens are Bush family friends
To implement THE PATRIOT ACT
To establish a unitary executive / co-presidency
To give the Executive unlimited access to personal records
To give the government the ability to spy on citizens
To allow secret searches
To spy on Americans who question the administration (I’ve been there)
To use the US military inside US
To trash the Constitution
As an excuse to torture alleged enemies
Because God told the Commander in Chief to attack Iraq
To create giant war profits for the likes of Halliburton.
To expand and consolidate US spy agencies
To privatize Iraqi business for US corporations.
To demonstrate that you don’t even consider selling oil for Euros.
To finish Daddy’s job of getting Saddam.
To prove “Dubya’s” manhood
To secure a second term and be remembered as a War President.
To build a privatized military; Blackwater et al.
For a place to build bases to protect US interests in Middle East.
To build the largest embassy on the planet.
To gain support of American religious radicals with a Holy War
To accelerate Armageddon and bring about “The Rapture” sooner
To protect Israel
To bankrupt the federal government so social services can to be scrapped.    Social security   Medicare   Cut veteran benefits
To demonstrate to the world what happens if you cross the USA.
To put State National Guards under the president’s control
To increase oil profits for US oil companies
To give giant war profits to the administration’s friends
To reward loyal campaign workers with plush jobs in Iraq
To disappear tons of cash

Oh yes, and steal Iraq’s oil   9
» GeeWillikersWally on 05.27.13 @ 02:24 PM
Malkin is right about releasing “enemy combatants “. It is a bad idea that has already proven foolhardy by other releases. Don’t do it.?Now , as to An50’s delusional belief about why we went into Iraq, well that is pure mythology.  -  “As for history Ron, Bush went to war for one reason, Saddam’s violation of UN resolutions. ” ?  The Project for a New American Century had been advocating for an invasion of Iraq since 1998.  That much is written , undisputable truth.  .Following is a partial list of PNAC members of the Bush administration.?Eliot Abrams,Richard Armitage, John Bolton , Dick Cheney , Scooter Libby , Donald Rumsfeld , Paul Wolfowitz , Conoleeza Rice. ?  To argue that his was not a done deal before W’ s Inauguration Day is no more than ignorant hot air.
» AN50 on 05.27.13 @ 04:02 PM
Yep here come the black helicopters, chem trails and 911 insiders too?
AN Check in the 9-11 Commission report about Building 11. Google that.

» on 05.28.13 @ 04:33 AM

The insouciance exhibited in An50’s naive response is exactly what these neocons depended upon for their foolhardy conquest.
  Here’s a little nugget from the ringmaster - 
6/23/98   “The good Lord didn’t see fit to put oil and gas only where there are democratically elected regimes friendly to the United States.”—Halliburton CEO Cheney

» on 05.28.13 @ 10:19 AM

We ousted Saddam so we could build the largest embassy on the planet?  Okaaaay.  You, uh, don’t have access to firearms, do you?

» on 05.28.13 @ 11:15 PM

One solution would be for DOD to hire Malkin, via Blackwater, to carry automatic
weapons, and deploy her in her flack jacket to guard the Benghazi mission until
the new Libyan government is no longer unstable, and Benghazi no longer lawless.

Her insight on human nature in the Arab world will undoubtedly pacify the entire
Libyan land pretty fast, huh?

And while she walks sentry duty at Benghazi, she may have the leisure to ponder
the fact that many Guantanamo detainees may actually have been innocent, when
they were kidnapped and “rendered” in the early days of Cheney’s two wars.

» on 05.29.13 @ 10:22 AM

An50 -  “As for history Ron, Bush went to war for one reason, Saddam’s violation of UN resolutions”.
The rest of us know the real reasons for the Bush conquest had more to do with a neo-conservative driven desire to make a big splash in the region . Oh , and to open the floodgates of American dollars to war profiteers and oil speculators. 
  ” Violation of UN resolutions” , that’s laughable.

» on 05.29.13 @ 01:00 PM

You have a man in office actively using the IRS and Justice department to spy on and harass American citizens and all you two can focus on it what mischief we are up to in the most violent part of the world? Building 11? Good grief Ron we have non-descript buildings all over the world. We have non-descript rooms in buildings right here in town, things go on in these rooms you have no business knowing. Government contractors work on “dark” or “black” programs that require top secret clearance. Keep smoking pot and I’ll bet you cook up all kinds of paranoid reasons for them.

Meanwhile your government, the one you and Willie elected and drool over is actively, KGB style, using two government departments to oppress dissent. Good God man, was Bush a fool and an idiot, probably. Did the GOP use every excuse in the book to justify the Iraq war since UN support was at best weak? Yes, but did it matter? Were we as a nation, in the halo of 911 willing to take a risk on Saddam? Absolutely not! Yes we botched the effort by not wiping the map clean, leaving far too many insurgents around to muck things up, all so you anti war types would shut up.

But none of that excuses the crap going on right now under your nose with the man you people drooled over. A man whose politics were born and bread in south Chicago and by violent unrepentant leftist radicals. Do I hate Obama? Hell no. I hate what he believes, that our country is evil and that the solution to all our problems is a large centrally controlled economy in a soviet style totalitarian state. You can call that whacka doodle all day long but its not some stupid non descript building, alleged conversations about the new world order or any other paranoid delusions its based on real stuff happening right now and not being reported by a news media in bed with a leftist president.

As for Willie’s asinine comment about oil, we have plenty right here but his idiot AH’s on the left won’t allow its extraction. So much for Cheney and his quip.

When all this sinks in then we can get into the basis of this article which is Benghazi, not Iraq, Obama, not Bush.

» on 05.29.13 @ 08:29 PM

Wasn’t it Nixon who abused the IRS and spied on Americans?
Please Google 9-11 Building 7. I have the 9-11 Commission report and building 7 is not mentioned. 24 stories fell that day of 9-11 a block away.
I had a top secret crypto clearance in the military. I know lots goes on behind closed doors. 
I don’t smoke pot and don’t accuse others of it.
The American public elected Obama.
How come Bush and Cheney aren’t front and center of your party? Embarrassed?
Saddam and Iraq had nothing to do with 9-11. They had no WMDs but a lot of oil.
Why didn’t we attack Saudi Arabia where 16 of the hijackers came from?
Do you mean “wipe the map clean” by “nuking them”?
If you do you are, sicker than I thought. 
I don’t drool over Obama. He has been a big disappointment, by design of the US House of Investigations. Remember that “Obamacare would be his Waterloo”?
Bush born and bred with a silver spoon in his mouth. With a heaping of Texas cowboy macho to boot. He is afraid of horses. Or they are afraid of him. Oh, but he can cut brush with a chain saw for a photo op.
The most vacationed president in US history. 
Soviet State economy? What do you call Wall St. and bank bailouts? Crooked for closures? Staggering CEO pay? Enron, “Kenny Boy Lay”, The Saving and Loan deal?

Benghazi? Worse that Watergate and the Iraq War?
You are grasping at straws offered by Rush, Rove and Faux News. all financed by the Koch Bros.

» on 05.29.13 @ 08:45 PM

Just ran across Malkin’s comments about the Occupyers.

Some exerts.
pervs, rapists and thieves, avowed communists, 1 percenter celebrities, crime-plagued Carnival, soak-the-rich tax, corporate-bashing, online manifesto, It’s now time to amp up the edgy theatrics ... deviant pranks, subversive performances and playful detournements of all kinds.” There’s been no shortage of deviance, unfortunately, what with protesters defecating on police cars, urinating on each other’s tents, stealing food and phones, and exposing themselves to children, unruly mob, global-warming zealots and welfare-state overlords? in ignorant zombie unison drone,  in dingy occupier camps, economic illiteracy, remain clueless redistributionist claptrap, anti-“greed” mob, rapacious “banksters, demon millionaires and billionaires, far more Tea Party than flea party, outright theft from the pickpockets and looters, infesting their camps

ronnie

» on 05.29.13 @ 10:35 PM

Hundreds of upstart teapartier 501c’s with dubious missions file for tax exempt status .  A few get targeted but none are denied status. This under the leadership of a Bush appointee as IRS Commissioner. Oh wah.  Time for diaper changes on these crybabies.

» on 05.30.13 @ 02:32 PM

Ah, come on Ronnie, please tell me you aren’t falling for this paranoid conspiracy crap. You have a real one, one that is hardly covert at all and in fact day after day becomes more evident, playing out in front of you and you want to dredge up building 7? Good grief.

I’ll let you in on a little secret; the friggen GOP is not capable of a conspiracy. They are too damned inept and bumbling to put together any of the deep paranoid scenarios you leftists keep throwing out there. I know, it’s why I left the party. It’s why they continue to lose elections, even when the democrats they run against are gangsters, criminals and illiterate Neanderthals.

Look, its obvious you and boy wonder don’t want to argue issues, but prefer to dredge up partisan attacks. Ok, I get it. It’s us versus them, right verses left, I’m right you’re wrong, that you want to argue, regardless the issue.

So why don’t you and boy wonder just spend a couple of minutes and write down here for all to see why you believe the leftist way. What drives your affinity to liberalism, progressivism, socialism or leftism. Leave out the politicians, PLEASE, because its already a well known fact that they are all liars cheats and thieves, all of them boys, yours, mine and ours, all rotten to the core and all of them are influenced, bought and paid for and in the pocket of those with money and power.

So just tell us why you choose the left and not because it’s honest, doesn’t lie, cheat or steal or has the best people, because that is utter rubbish. Just stick to the core philosophy of your ideology and tell us why it’s better than any other. That way we can eliminate all this dopy partisan hack job commentary defending or disparaging idiots in Washington or their stupid corrupt parties.

And please, stay away from the CT. It’s a more powerful drug than any chemical you can ingest or inhale.

» on 05.30.13 @ 02:48 PM

AN,

Please show your face.

I will be at Arlington West this Sunday. Might go out for lunch.

There to talk until 3:30 when we start to break down.

ronnie

» on 05.30.13 @ 04:18 PM

Sorry Ronnie, I’m out of town this weekend, maybe next? Why so interested in “who” I am? I find that curious, given your occupation. Still, I want to see your reasons for being a leftist Ron. Just jot them down. If you want I’ll go first. Just don’t want to bore Willie into a coma.

» on 05.30.13 @ 07:42 PM

AN Give me your E-Mail

I put mine out there before and got no response.

Ronnie

» on 06.01.13 @ 11:14 AM

Will see Ronnie. That DNC thing you got going on gives me the creeps.

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