Against mounting evidence to the contrary, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., appeared on CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday and repeated the Obama administration line that al-Qaida is but a shell of its former self.
Co-host kate bolduan noted that the embassy closures in North Africa and the Middle East appear to dispel the administration’s oft-heard “al-Qaida is on the run” claim. Schumer disagreed and claimed that “al-Qaida in Iraq and Afghanistan has been decimated, largely by the drones,” according to the CNN clip.
He claimed of Yemen’s al-Qaida forces, “Give us a little time and they will be decimated as well.”
The threats leading to the closure of our embassies and consulates emanated from Yemen, according to Sky News.
As for Iraq, the order and structure that U.S. troops once provided that country has been replaced with chaos, and the vacuum created by their withdrawal has been taken up by al-Qaida forces, according to The Daily Telegraph.
“Last year, al-Qaida was probably down to a few hundred fighters inside Iraq. Today, that number has almost certainly multiplied into the thousands,” the Telegraph reported.
It noted that:
The mass breakout from two of Iraq’s biggest prisons is yet more evidence of how close the country is to suffering the terrible sectarian bloodshed of 2006-07 [the ““Sunni Awakening”] once again. Al-Qaeda’s network in the country, which brands itself the “Islamic State of Iraq”, claimed responsibility for the remarkably audacious assaults on Abu Ghraib and al-Taji prisons – both of them, incidentally, located in the Sunni heartland of central Iraq.
Just like a brainless toy, wind Schumer up and he begins babbling — but he doesn’t necessarily make any sense.
Watch the following clip from CNN.
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