In a new video, released today, AQ deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahri said the United States was being defeated in Afghanistan, Iraq and other fronts. He made a special acknowledgement to those who agree with him:
” Your words of encouragement have gone above and beyond the aid and comfort we were hoping for, even from liberal Democrats”, said al-Zawhahri.
Okay, I was paraphrasing loosely, there. His actual words were:
“The Crusaders themselves have testified to their defeat in Afghanistan at the hands of the lions of the Taliban,” he said. “The Crusaders have testified to their own defeat in Iraq at the hands of the mujahideen, who have taken the battle of Islam to the heart of the Islam world.”
I would have to take issue with the term, “crusader“, because that connotes that the persons in question are fighters, which clearly they are not, at least not in the sense in which he’s speaking.
But yeah, good one Harry Reid, and the rest of you Defeat-o-crats.
Ed Morrissey from Captains Quarters says al Qaeda is getting desperate:
Once again, AQ has attempted to wrest victory from defeat while recruiting an increasingly skeptical ummah. Polling indicates that Osama bin Laden’s star continues to fall in Muslim nations, and Zawahiri’s efforts have not assisted in keeping momentum on the side of the jihadis. Their Iraqi affiliate has gotten chased out of most of western Iraq, and the Ramadi and Baqubah caliphates have already fallen. The Taliban find themselves on the outside of Afghanistan looking in, instead of the other way around.
If these are victories, one has to wonder how defeat looks in Zawahiri’s world.
This guy says that the new video tape is an indication that al-Qaeda is giving up in Iraq:
Well, it may be today marks the day that goes down in history a ‘VAQI’ day (Victory over Al-Qaeda in Iraq). The newly released tape by al-Zawahri makes it clear that the U.S. is ‘defeated’ in Iraq and Afghanistan, then spends a great deal of time going after Pakistan. Note the past tense; it is important. (Bin Laden audio?? Yeah, right. My guess is he’s been dead for at least 2 years and neither side wants to say so. Too good of a ‘boogey man’) This would suggest- in a ‘Baghdad Bob’ kind of way- that AQ will not be committing any additional resources to those two theaters; they are lost causes to them. Why would they come to that conclusion at this juncture? Because they realize that their second front in this war- the one in Washington D.C.- can’t hand them the victory they haven’t earned on the battlefield.
H/T: Gateway Pundit