Most have commented or seen the "Valerie Jarrett speaks at Ebenezer Baptist" video, where she helps the church push the boundaries of their IRS tax-exempt status (maybe Holder will investigate). But she also made a rather interesting comment to do with terrorism. Here's the video again..
Notice the line, "we all sleep a little easier at night knowing that Usama bin Laden and his lieutenants are not plotting a terrorist attack". Bold added to highlight the question--are there no more AQ lieutenants?
Sounds like BIG news if true, since the Rewards for Justice site still shows a number of very dangerous lieutenants wanted by the FBI. And AQ members just took over a town in Yemen. Yet according to Jarrett we can all rest easier. Strange.
It's understandable that a politician would want to leverage a major success in the global contingency operation by suggesting there might not be anymore man-caused disasters on the horizon. But "might" is a key word. There were no mights in Jarrett's statement. What came through was "rest easier folks--it's over, we did it". So either she spoke way out of turn, or didn't get the memo, or slipped out something. Or maybe just made a dopey political generalization to help her boss.
Of course, there's always the possibility that the administration has actually rolled up several main operatives in AQ and are holding the information back until the right moment for political reasons--and she just couldn't help herself. If so, nobody seemed to catch it. Hmm, has anyone heard much from Zawahiri lately?
Or maybe it's more in the vein of what this writer thinks about AQ--that it has sort of slipped back into the jetstream of basic Islamic terrorism, no different than Hizballah or the Tamil Tigers. Maybe that was Jarrett's underlying drift, ie, no real leadership and everyone cut off so they are inept. Dang though, if we're so much safer can't we ease up on TSA restrictions a little?! No need to pat down granny if we can all rest easier.