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Selectively Citing Osama Bin Laden

12:50 PM, May 24, 2013 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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It should be noted that we do not when this document was authored. And al Qaeda’s strategy continues to evolve, especially in the wake of the Arab Spring.

But President Obama’s selective citation of this document, attributed to Osama bin Laden, highlights a broader problem. The president and his administration only see what they want to see in the fight against al Qaeda and affiliated groups.

Again, the administration should declassify and release nearly all of the bin Laden files. The one document cited by President Obama does not tell the whole story, nor do the other 16 released by the administration. Hundreds of thousands of documents and files were recovered in the raid that killed bin Laden.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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