President Obama was tooting his horn – much to the chagrin of Seal Team Six – regarding the one year anniversary of bin Laden’s killing. And according to a recent poll, 52% of Independent voters believe the president “over-politicized” the milestone.
So al Qaeda, while down, is not out. Warren Weinstein, who has the unfortunate distinction of being American and Jewish and a captive of the terrorist group which said they would release him if the following demands were met:
Among the demands made are an end to U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and elsewhere; and the release of notable Al Qaeda members.
It should be remembered that Obama ordered the term “War on Terror” to be dropped in favor of “Overseas Contingency Operations.” In fact, a whole slew of sterile new phrases were created to replace things like “terrorism” (man-created disasters) because, well, it sounds scary.
Apparently Mr. Weinstein had been living in Pakistan for seven years and worked for USAID which provides “economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide.”
Why are we giving economic aid to a nation that knew Osama bin Laden was living in their country but didn’t say anything? Maybe Obama feels badly for killing so many Pakistanis with unmanned drones?
So while this is very bad for Mr. Weinstein what is so surprising is that news of his capture has just made it into the headlines but he was taken hostage in December of 2011!
Will the press replay Mr. Weinstein’s pleas to carry out al Qaeda’s demands without haste over and over again? Will a news show be created to follow the story of this poor American who was abducted in Pakistan and shown in a jihad video?
The White House has said that the Obama administration won’t negotiate with al Qaeda. While we’re not suggesting they should, what Mr. Weinstein’s capture should do is remind the American people that no amount of presidential showboating can change the fact that whether it is in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, or New York City there are terrorists out there trying to kill us.
Capitol Commentary hopes for the safe return of Mr. Weinstein to his family and for the quick deaths of his captors.