The Ongoing Threat

Thought I’d throw this out there. As you know, we are under a terror alert:

What started as an unprecedented move to close almost two dozen diplomatic posts for a day has broadened to week-long closures for most of them as the United States mulls the threat of a possible attack.

A trio of factors prompted officials to extend most of its embassy and consulate closures until Saturday: an intercepted message among senior al Qaeda operatives, the end of Ramadan, and concerns over several major prison breaks in the region.

Originally, officials decided to close 22 embassies and consulates this past Sunday — a day when they would normally be open for business.

But Sunday afternoon, the State Department extended embassy and consulate closures in 15 of the locations through Saturday, and added four other posts — all in Africa — to the list. This brings the total to 19.

There are two interpretations here. First is that the threat is genuine, or least the perception of a threat is genuine. After the disaster of Benghazi and the recent prison breaks that have released hundred of potential AQ operatives, it would be wise to take real threats seriously.

The second is that this is politics — an attempt to deflect criticism of the NSA scandal and Obama’s War on Terror polices in general. This is the interpretation that most Obama critics are taking.

Me? I think it’s likely that there’s some real information here. The significance and danger of it may be exaggerated, but I am dubious that this would be conjured up out of nothing. That having been said, I don’t like the closing of embassies for more than a week. An enhanced military presence could accomplish the same improvement in security without giving into fear.

Let’s hold breath and hope that nothing happens.

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  1. AlexInCT

    The fact that this comes right as the LSM is desperately tryint to help the Wh minimize a slew of scandals about abuse of power does make you wonder if we aren’t seeing a replay from the old Clinton playbook. Inever bought the al Quada is dead bullshit from this WH, but I also think this WH would pull a stunt like this in a heart beat to defelct attention or garner support for shit they would otherwise never get away with. Time will tell.

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  2. Mississippi Yankee

    Let me see if I understand this correctly.

    Benghazi was a “phony scandal”. Yet these closures are being implemented, in not so many words, so that we don’t have another Benghazi.
    (the logic of this Regime makes my brain hurt)

    Hal after 5 years of watching numerous political distractions and attention being called towards every shiny object I’m going with your Option #2. The truth be told I’ve kind of thought this ever since these “prison breaks” started to happen last month. And the reason is Benghazi and the IRS scandals are not going away.

    Oh look, a squirrel!

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  3. Mississippi Yankee

    For the record I don’t Tweet, nor do I know who this Brad Thor person is but someone posted his Tweet on another site and I thought *good call*

    For the record, @BarackObama – when you’re forced to close a record amount of embassies, your enemy isn’t “on the run,” you are.

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