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By Rob Meltzer
Dec. 31, 2012 12:01 a.m.



I’m puzzled that our fearless leader is feeling such optimism going into 2013. I, personally, feel as if we are reliving the golden summer of 2001,  except that this time its the fiscal cliff and mindless social violence that is distracting us from our real problem. In case no one has noticed, Al Qaeada has taken over Northern Mali and is in the process of digging in for jihad with all kinds of goodies from the arsenals of Libya and Syria. Meanwhile, every time Obama kills a militant with a drone, a dozen crazed Jihadis flock to North Africa to join the cause. Whereas Al Qaeada never owned Afghanistan, and we had some leverage over what transpired in Afghanistan, Northern Mali is fast becoming the first full fledged suicide terrorism state with 21st century armaments. Links between Al Qaeada and Libyan rebels, Syrian insurgents, Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran, not to mention rebels in Tunesia, Somalia and other delightful people in Yemen, prove that Al Qaeada is fully on bin Laden’s time line for establishing a terrorist caliphate arcing from North Africa to Arabia and beyond.  Killing bin Laden has done nothing to stem the plan that was put into motion in September of 2001 with the assassination of the head of the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan. For all of the blood and treasure that the United States has spent since 9/11, we are confronting a very real war in Northern Mali, and this time it might take bunker buster bombs and tactical nukes to dig Al Qaeada out of the fortress they are building. The United States need also worry that Iranian nukes and North Korean missiles would soon be in the hands of those folks in Northern Mali.  Since they now control a sovereign country, they can buy the stuff they need on the open market. Thus, this country could very well be facing a three front war within the next six months–Iran,  the Al Qaeada Caliphate and North Korea. I raised this issue during the presidential election. I asked if Obama had a plan. No one seemed to care then. Does anyone care now?

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