Obama: 'Al Qaeda is On Its Heels;' DNI: 'Groups Affiliated With Or Sympathetic to Al Qaeda' Involved in 9/11/12

October 10, 2012 - 9:57 PM

Barack Obama

President Barack Obama speaking in San Francisco on Oct. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

(CNSNews.com) - Less than two weeks after the office of his Director of National Intelligence publicly conceded that people linked to al Qaeda had been involved in the deadly 9/11/12 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, President Barack Obama declared to a crowd in San Francisco that he had put al Qaeda "on its heels."

On Sept. 28, the office of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper issued a statement indicating that it had mistakenly believed the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans had happened "spontaneously."

"As we learned more about the attack, we revised our initial assessment to reflect new information indicating that it was a deliberate and organized terrorist attack carried out by extremists," said the statement from the office of the DNI. "It remains unclear if any group or person exercised overall command and control of the attack, and if extremist group leaders directed their members to participate. However, we do assess that some of those involved were linked to groups affiliated with, or sympathetic to al-Qa'ida."

In San Francisco on Monday evening, President Obama said that he had delivered on a commitment he had made about dealing with al Qaeda.

"Now, four years ago, I made a few commitments to you," Obama said. "I told you I’d end the war in Iraq, and I did. I said I’d end the war in Afghanistan, and we are. I said we’d refocus on the people who actually attacked us on 9/11, and today, al Qaeda is on its heels and Osama bin Laden is no more."