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Kristol on the Continued Threat of al Qaeda

8:04 AM, Aug 5, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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On Fox News Sunday, the boss was joined by Howard Kurtz, Jim DeMint, and Juan Williams to discuss the continued threat from al Qaeda and the closing of more than 20 U.S. embassies throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia:

"Four years ago President Obama gave a much heralded speech as outreach to the Muslim world," said the boss. "And now, four years later we are closing embassies throughout the Muslim world. The year ago the president said al Qaeda is on the run. And now we seem to be on the run. I'm not criticizing the decision to close the embassies. That's probably the right thing to do for the sake of trying to save American lives and others, but it's a terrible thing. That, you know, just a year ago boasting al Qaeda is on the run and Osama bin Laden is dead. And now an unprecedented closure of 22 embassies and the travel alert, which lasts for a month, which incidentally, 'm not sure people understand that State Department hates to do that. You know, this -- this is the highest level of the -- the travel advisory they do kind of routinely, and the travel alert, every host government dislikes that. It cuts tourism. They are objecting to the ambassadors there, the ambassadors are cabling back to the State Department saying, travel alert, are you sure we have to do that? For the U.S. government and the State Department to issue a travel alert for the next month means the threat is serious."

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