Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, the group so far to the right that they think the NRA are a bunch of liberal pansies, went on Stan Solomon’s internet radio show and declared that President Obama is always helping Al Qaeda because he just hates America.
One of the hallmarks of being a wingnut is that one’s preconceived notions about the world are absolutely immune to evidence or logic. No matter what is actually going on, they will continue to repeat the same talking points. Obama is a liberal appeaser and probably a Muslim terrorist and that’s all there is to it. The fact that he has actually ramped up our pursuit of Al Qaeda operatives all over the world with an unprecedented drone strike program is simply ignored. Let’s ask Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Anwar al-Awlaki how much Obama is helping him. Oh, we can’t. He was killed by a drone strike. So was his son.
Here’s a list of other Al Qaeda leaders that have been killed or captured: Al Qaeda’s chief of Pakistan operations, Abu Hafs al-Shahri; ‘Atiyah ‘Abd al-Rahman, the deputy leader of Al Qaeda; Ilyas Kashmiri in Pakistan; Ammar al-Wa’ili, Abu Ali al-Harithi, and Ali Saleh Farhan in Yemen; Al Qaeda in East Africa (AQEA) senior leader Harun Fazul in Somalia; Younis al-Mauritani was arrested in Pakistan; Tehrik e-Taliban Pakistan leader Baitullah Mahsud; Jemayah Islamiya operational planner Noordin Muhammad Top in Indonesia; AQEA planner Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan in Somalia; Al Qaeda operational commanders Saleh al-Somali and ‘Abdallah Sa’id in Pakistan; Haqqani network commander Muhammad Haqqani and Lashkar-e Jhangvi leader Qari Zafar in Pakistan. One could go on and on.
But Pratt and his fellow far right propagandists don’t care about any of this. They have a narrative and they’re sticking to it, facts be damned.
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