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US Tunnel Vision Strengthening Jihad against America

Recent successes have made the U.S. optimistic on the war on terror. Al Qaeda may be weakening, but jihad against the U.S. is strengthening - at home and abroad. war on terror, Obama administration, tunnel vision, al Qaeda, expanded its territory, Read Transcript


Reporter: OVER THE PAST

FEW YEARS, NO ONE WREAKED

MORE HAVOC AGAINST THE U.S.

THE UNDERWEAR BOMBER.

ANWAR al-ALWAKI HAD ALL

THESE.

HIS DEATH DEALT A MAJOR BLOW

TO al-QAEDA'S MISSION IN

THE WEST.

I THINK HE HAD A BIG

DRAW.

HE SPOKE ENGLISH, AND HE WAS

A BIG DRAW TO ENGLISH

SPEAKING JIHADISTS.

Reporter: HE WAS ONE OF

MANY TARGETS TAKEN OUT BY

THE U.S. OVER THE PAST TWO

YEARS.

AT THE TOP OF THAT LIST,

OSAMA BIN LADEN.

IN THE WAKE OF THESE

SUCCESSES, OBAMA

ADMINISTRATIONS SAY

AL-QAEDA IS NEARING

DEFEAT.

BUT ACCORDING TO A TERRORIST

EXPERT, HISTORY SHOWS THAT

WHILE THE TERROR GROUP MAY

BE DOWN, IT IS NOT OUT.

BACK IN 2003 IT WAS

SIGNIFICANTLY LOWERED, BUT

BY 2007 IT HAS COME BACK.

HAMAS IS A POWERFUL

POLITICAL FORCE THAT

CONTROLS GAZA.

Reporter: HIS NEW BOOK,

"BIN LADEN'S LEGACY" SHOWS

THAT al-QAEDA HAS

EXTENDED.

FROM PAKISTAN, ON TO YEMEN,

OF COURSE AFRICA AND INTO

SINAI.

THE GROUP'S IRAQ BRANCH IS

SET FOR A POSSIBLE

RESURGENCE AS WELL.

IT HAS SHIFTED TACTICS.

THEY'RE CARRYING OUT

SMALLER ATTACKS, WHICH ARE

DESIGNED NOT JUST TO KILL,

BUT ALSO EXPLICITLY TO DRIVE

UP OUR SECURITY COSTS.

Reporter: ANOTHER

POTENTIAL PROBLEM FOR THE

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IS

TUNNEL VISION.

IN FOCUSING ON al-QAEDA IT

HAS WATCHED AS IRAN,

HEZBOLLAH, EVEN GREATER

THREATS THAN al-QAEDA,

HAVE GROWN IN STRENGTH.

IRAN'S LEADERS ARE CONVINCED

THE SO-CALLED ISLAMIC SPRING

IS A SIGN THAT THE MESSIAH

WILL APPEAR.

THEY AND DEVELOPING

LONG-RANGE MISSILES CAPABLE

OF REACHING EUROPE AND THE

UNITED STATES.

THEY HAVE FUNNELLED WEAPONS

TO IRAQ.

CLOSER TO HOME, U.S.

OFFICIALS RECENTLY PREVENTED

AN IRANIAN BLOT TO BOMB

WASHINGTON.

THEY THINK THEY CAN START

A WORLD WAR, A

ARMAGEDDON-STYLE PLAN.

Reporter: PART OF THAT

PLAN IS HEZBOLLAH.

THEY POSSESS SOME 50,000

ROCKETS AND MISSILES AIMED

AT ISRAEL.

HEZBOLLAH IS A MORE

COMPETENT ORGANIZATION THAN

al-QAEDA, AND A MORE LETHAL

ORGANIZATION.

Reporter: AND HEZBOLLAH

HAS ESTABLISHED A FIERCESOME

NETWORK IN EUROPE.

THEY HAVE EXPANDED INTO

CRIMINALITY THAT HAS EVOLVED

INTO PEOPLE TRAFFICKING AND

PEOPLE SMUGGLE GELLING.

IT HAS MORPHED INTO A VERY

ACTIVE GROUP, AND THEY'RE

LOOKING FOR DISAFFECTED

YOUTH.

Reporter: ANOTHER GROUP

EXPANDING IS THE MUSKOKA

BROTHERHOOD.

IN THE MIDDLE EAST, THEY

HAVE USED ARAB SPRING

UNARREST TO INCREASE ITS

INFLUENCE.

AND THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

IS REACHING OUT TO ITS

LEADERS IN EGYPT.

FRANK GAFFNEY SAYS THE

BROTHERHOOD IS BEHIND CALLS

FOR SHARI'A.

THE BROTHERHOOD -- THEY

CALL IT,I IT, AS YOU KNOW,

ERIC, CIVILIANIZATION

JIHAD.

THEY'RE ARE BRINGING WHAT

THEY ACCOMPLISHED IN BRITAIN

AND THE NETHERLANDS, TO THIS

COUNTRY.

Reporter: THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION CONTINUES TO

HIGHLIGHT ITS GAINS AGAINST

HEZBOLLAH.

BUT EMBRACING AN

INCREASINGLY RADICAL TURKEY,

AND ISOLATING ISRAEL, AND

FAILING TO ACT AGAINST

IRAN'S NETWORK WEAPONS

PROGRAM THREATEN TO OVERSHADOW

THE ADMINISTRATION'S SUCCESSES

AGAINST THE WORLD'S MOST

NOTORIOUS TERROR GROUP.

ERICK STAKELBECK, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

EMBED THIS VIDEO


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