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    Al-Zawahiri (AQ) tape released warning Americans, insulting Obama as "house slave"

    Go get him, Barack! :yes:

    [url]http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/11/19/obama.alqaeda/index.html[/url]

    [QUOTE][B]Al Qaeda leader mocks Obama in Web posting[/B]

    Story Highlights
    - Terrorist leader calls Obama "direct opposite of honorable black Americans"
    - "A heavy legacy of failure and crimes awaits you," al Qaeda leader allegedly threatens
    - Statement made by Ayman al-Zawahiri appeared Wednesday on Islamist web sites
    - Al-Zawahiri refers to Obama, other black leaders, as 'house slaves'

    (CNN) -- Al Qaeda's No. 2 leader is heard in a Web posting Wednesday warning President-elect Barack Obama that "a heavy legacy of failure and crimes awaits" him.

    In the message, purportedly from Ayman al-Zawahiri, the speaker criticized Obama's foreign policy positions on Afghanistan and Israel and ridiculed the president-elect's worldview, comparing him unfavorably to Malcolm X, the fiery African-American Muslim activist from the 1950s and 1960s.

    The posting, an 11 minute and 23 second audio message in Arabic with subtitles in English, appeared on the Web on Wednesday. Its authenticity cannot yet be confirmed.

    It shows a graphic with the words "The departure of Bush and the arrival of Obama." That graphic also contains a still image of Malcolm X on a Muslim prayer rug in a mosque; images of Obama, wearing a Jewish skullcap, at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, and a picture of al-Zawahiri.

    There are also archival videos in the message, including clips of speeches from Malcolm X.

    "You have reached the position of president, and a heavy legacy of failure and crimes awaits you. A failure in Iraq to which you have admitted, and a failure in Afghanistan to which the commanders of your army have admitted," the message said.

    The speaker also said Obama's plan to pull troops from Iraq and send them to Afghanistan "is a policy which was destined for failure before it was born."

    "If you still want to be stubborn about America's failure in Afghanistan, then remember the fate of Bush and Pervez Musharraf, and the fate of the Soviets and British before them," the message said. "And be aware that the dogs of Afghanistan have found the flesh of your soldiers to be delicious, so send thousands after thousands to them."

    The message said Obama appears "to be captive to the same criminal American mentality towards the world and towards the Muslims." The speaker cited Muslims' ire toward Obama's support of Israel.

    The message said Obama represents the "direct opposite of honorable black Americans" like Malcolm X.

    The speaker also said Obama, former and current secretaries of state Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, and "your likes" fit Malcolm X's description of "house slaves."

    The English translation of the message used the term "House Negroes," Malcolm X's term for blacks who were subservient to whites.

    Laura Mansfield, a terrorism analyst, said this wouldn't be the first time al-Zawahiri used the Arabic term "abayd al bayt," which literally translates as slaves or servants of the house.

    She said that in a May 2007 interview with al Qaeda's media production center, As Sahab, al-Zawahiri included old video footage of Malcolm X saying, "You have to read the history of slavery to understand this. There were two kinds of Negroes: there was that old house Negro and [there was] the field Negro."

    The message also made reference to Obama's Muslim father and his Christian religion.

    "You were born to a Muslim father, but you chose to stand in the ranks of the enemies of the Muslims, and pray the prayer of the Jews, although you claim to be Christian, in order to climb the rungs of leadership in America. And so you promised to back Israel, and you threatened to strike the tribal regions in Pakistan, and to send thousands more troops to Afghanistan, in order for the crimes of the American crusade in it to continue," the message said.

    The speaker praised Malcolm X for his "fraternity with the Muslims," his condemnation of the West's treatment of oppressed peoples, and his backing of resistance movements.

    "That's why it wasn't strange that Malik al-Shabazz (may Allah have mercy on him) was killed, while you have climbed the rungs of the presidency to take over the leadership of the greatest criminal force in the history of mankind and the leadership of the most violent crusade ever against the Muslims," the speaker said.

    The speaker was referring to Malcolm X's Muslim name and his assassination in 1965.

    The message reiterated the call to fight against Western powers in the Middle East and urged jihadi fighters to be "firm and resolute. Your enemy's stagger has begun, so don't stop hitting him."

    The speaker also singled out Islamic militants in Somalia and told them to keep fighting pro-Western forces there.

    On the subject of Iraq, the message said that while "evidence of America's defeat in Iraq appeared years ago, Bush and his administration continued to be stubborn and deny the brilliant midday sun."

    "If Bush has achieved anything, it is in his transfer of America's disaster and predicament to his successor. But the American people, by electing Obama, declared its anxiety and apprehension about the future towards which the policy of the likes of Bush is leading it, and so it decided to support someone calling for withdrawal from Iraq."

    The speaker reminded Americans that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden told them to leave Muslim lands.

    Bin Laden and Al-Zawahiri are believed to be living in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

    "So choose for yourself whatever you like," the speaker warns. "And bear the consequences of your choice, and as you judge, you will be judged."
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    Heh.

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    Always trying to keep a brother down?

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    Will someone please stick a nuke up his butt!

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    [QUOTE=MnJetFan;2870692]Will someone please stick a nuke up his butt![/QUOTE]

    Elected the wrong president for that. McCain would have done a better job than the current fools and would have done a much better job in this area than our very own Hussein

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    AQ needs to hire Baghdad Bob


    [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s27Oq5ot0ZI[/url]

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    [QUOTE=Jetfan_Johnny;2871768]Elected the wrong president for that. McCain would have done a better job than the current fools and would have done a much better job in this area than our very own Hussein[/QUOTE]

    We elected the right man, Obama never planed to ignore Afghanistan and continue in Iraq, like McCain.

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    [url]http://www.nsnetwork.org/node/1068[/url]
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    [B]EXPERTS: AL QAEDA TAPE DEMONSTRATES THAT IT FEELS THREATENED BY OBAMA VICTORY[/B]

    REPORT 20 NOVEMBER 2008

    Terrorism Afghanistan al qaeda President-Elect Obama war on terror

    11/20/08

    Experts agree that the release of a new tape by Al Qaeda’s second in command Ayman al-Zawahri indicates that Al Qaeda feels threatened and is on its heels after Obama’s resounding victory. President-elect Obama’s diverse background, along with his pledge to reverse many of the policies and approaches of the Bush administration on issues such as detentions at Guantanamo, torture and the war in Iraq has served to dramatically improve America’s image, especially in the Muslim world. Counter-terrorism expert Richard Clarke explained, “Most of all, by returning to American values the world admires, Obama sets al Qaeda back enormously in the battle of ideas, the ideological struggle which determines whether al Qaeda will continue to have significant support in the Islamic world.” Having thrived on the decline in America’s world image, the impact of Obama’s victory provides a direct challenge to Al Qaeda’s negative depiction of the United States. Additionally, Obama’s emphasis on shifting US attention from Iraq to Afghanistan represents a direct physical threat to Al Qaeda’s leadership. America’s improved global image and the new administration’s focus on Afghanistan threatens Al Qaeda and has led to what experts see as a confused, racist, and off-kilter response reflective of an organization on the defensive.

    Al-Qaeda is on its heels as Obama election transforms image of the U.S. The world met news of the Obama victory with resounding enthusiasm. From a Pakistani man saying “[The election] promises hope and courage for the lovers of democracy throughout the world, including Pakistan,” to a Middle Eastern newspaper saying Obama is “the best person to repair the world’s image of the United States,” to the New York Times report that “Most Iranians followed the elections closely and cheered Mr. Obama’s victory,” Obama’s election gave the image of America in the world an immediate boost, particularly the Muslim world. Rohan Gunaratna, director of a terrorism study center at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University, said that “Al-Qaeda has noted Obama's potential to make progress in repairing America's reputation among Muslims, damaged under President George W. Bush.” Obama’s election and global support go against the al Qaeda narrative of the US as an evil empire that oppresses its own minorities and has little regard for the rest of the world. As Richard Clarke explains, “Obama’s election has taken the wind out of al Qaeda's sails in much of the Islamic world because it demonstrates America’s renewed commitment to multiculturalism, human rights, and international law. It also proves to many that democracy can work and overcome ethnic, sectarian, or racial barriers.” [BBC, 11/11/08. Bloomberg, 11/5/08. Gallup, 10/21/08. NSN Press Release, 11/19/08. Middle East Times, 10/17/08]

    President-elect Obama’s promise to refocus on the vulnerable Af-Pak region provides a direct threat to al-Qaeda’s leadership. For al-Qaeda, Barack Obama’s election has signaled America’s intent to withdraw from Iraq and re-focus on the extremist safe-haven along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Signs indicate that the incoming Obama administration also intends to develop a comprehensive strategy that recognizes that the problems afflicting the region cannot be solved through military means alone. The Washington Post noted that “President-elect Barack Obama also intends to renew the U.S. commitment to the hunt for Osama bin Laden, a priority the president-elect believes President Bush has played down after years of failing to apprehend the al-Qaeda leader.” According to Richard Clarke, this spells trouble for al-Qaeda: “Obama’s commitment to withdraw from Iraq also takes away an al Qaeda propaganda tenet: that the U.S. seeks to occupy oil rich Arab lands. His commitment to defeat al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan also challenges their plans.” By re-committing to the region that our 16 intelligence agencies agree contains the greatest threat to U.S., the incoming Obama administration has sent a forceful message to al-Qaeda’s senior leadership. [Washington Post, 11/11/08. Richard Clarke, 11/19/08]

    Al-Qaeda apparatus appears in disarray, as Obama’s election seems to put organization on the defensive. Ayman al-Zawahri’s confused, racially tinged attack on Barack Obama demonstrates al-Qaeda’s growing concern that his administration poses a broad threat to its worldwide operations. There has been widespread consensus among counterterrorism experts that al-Zawahri’s remarks show that al-Qaeda is on its heels. “Lawrence Wright, the author of a book on Al Qaeda, The Looming Tower, called the tape an attempt at ‘spin control’ as Al Qaeda struggled to assimilate an election that challenged its worldview.” Terrorism expert RP Eddy explained that “Al Qaeda recognizes that the promise of the Obama administration has already increased global goodwill and thereby undermines al Qaeda's extremist message and efforts to fundraise and recruit.” University of Maryland Professor Ronald Walters “said that if the tape was an attempt to reach black Americans or the third world, it was ‘ham handed’ and futile. ‘You’re talking about someone who looks like the rest of the world, and that’s got to be threatening to them,’ he said, referring to Mr. Obama.” And, according to al-Qaeda communications expert Evan Kohlmann, “[b]y playing the race card so quickly and so brazenly, al-Zawahiri may end up causing backlash against Al-Qaida in the very constituencies he is seeking to woo.” [NY Times, 11/20/08. NSN Press Release, 11/19/08. Evan Kohlmann, 11/19/08]
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    [QUOTE=Tyler Durden;2872402][url]http://www.nsnetwork.org/node/1068[/url][/QUOTE]

    Let's hope so.

    I have no problem with a more diplomatic approach and an effort to truly win "hearts and minds" but you MUST still carry the big stick AND be willing to use it. Obama cannot come across as weak at all....whether real or perceived. I'm cautiously optimistic.

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    [QUOTE=jetstream23;2872416]Let's hope so.

    I have no problem with a more diplomatic approach and an effort to truly win "hearts and minds" but you MUST still carry the big stick AND be willing to use it. Obama cannot come across as weak at all....whether real or perceived. I'm cautiously optimistic.[/QUOTE]

    One thing I can't help but notice is that, if the reports are correct, Obama is going to have at State and Defense two people --Clinton and Gates-- who are more hawkish than he is.

    This could be useful: He is seen around the world as a diplomacy-first kind of guy who wants to talk, but the top two foreign policy people in his cabinet (three, if you include Biden) all have somewhat itchier trigger fingers.

    I like that dynamic in a negotiation.

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    [QUOTE=nuu faaola;2872438]One thing I can't help but notice is that, if the reports are correct, Obama is going to have at State and Defense two people --Clinton and Gates-- who are more hawkish than he is.

    This could be useful: He is seen around the world as a diplomacy-first kind of guy who wants to talk, but the top two foreign policy people in his cabinet (three, if you include Biden) all have somewhat itchier trigger fingers.

    I like that dynamic in a negotiation.[/QUOTE]

    Same thing could be said for Rahm Emmanuel as COS. It is clearly being setup as good cop / bad cop. Obama will smile and talk about cooperation as he has Rahmbo kicking ass and keeping people in line behind the scenes.

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    [QUOTE=Jetfan_Johnny;2871768]Elected the wrong president for that. McCain would have done a better job than the current fools and would have done a much better job in this area than our very own Hussein[/QUOTE]

    Nothing is scarier than a frail old man at deaths door. Well, maybe except a frail old man and a soccer mom with a newborn.

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    You are referring to the 2000 campaign right?

    [QUOTE=Jetfan_Johnny;2871768]Elected the wrong president for that. McCain would have done a better job than the current fools and would have done a much better job in this area than our very own Hussein[/QUOTE]

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    Ah, not to worry; after Prez Obama sits down with this raghead for a little tea for two no doubt AQ will all turn in their guns and bombs for some foreign aid! Gotta spread the wealth around, ya know!

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    [QUOTE=PlumberKhan;2872794]Nothing is scarier than a frail old man at deaths door. [/QUOTE]

    Or a plumber suffering from gerontophobia.....

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    [QUOTE=asuusa;2874105]Ah, not to worry; after Prez Obama sits down with this raghead for a little tea for two no doubt AQ will all turn in their guns and bombs for some foreign aid! Gotta spread the wealth around, ya know![/QUOTE]

    Why would he sit down with this guy? Is he a leader of a state?? Has he ever been?No . He is a gangleader. There is nothing legitimate about him.

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    [QUOTE=kennyo7;2874201]Why would he sit down with this guy? Is he a leader of a state?? Has he ever been?No . He is a gangleader. There is nothing legitimate about him.[/QUOTE]

    So if our enemy is a gangleader no dialogue, but if a leader of state talk to him?

    Ah, I learn something new everyday! :rolleyes::rolleyes:

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    Just the idea that Obama has won the election has sent fear through the ranks of Al Qaeda. So, I guess it's a foregone conclusion that once he speaks that will cause the terrorists to lay down their arms and cease to exist as an organization. Who knew?

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    [QUOTE=kaol;2874979]Just the idea that Obama has won the election has sent fear through the ranks of Al Qaeda. So, I guess it's a foregone conclusion that once he speaks that will cause the terrorists to lay down their arms and cease to exist as an organization. Who knew?[/QUOTE]

    Yeah, that's exactly what the article said...

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    [QUOTE=asuusa;2874968]So if our enemy is a gangleader no dialogue, but if a leader of state talk to him?

    Ah, I learn something new everyday! :rolleyes::rolleyes:[/QUOTE]

    Im happy to help.

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