Fox News figures are using a possible al Qaeda plot to falsely claim that President Obama declared the war on terror over.
The State Department has closed embassies and consulates in the Middle East and Africa in response to an intercepted communication between al Qaeda leaders about a potential terror attack.
During a segment on The Five about the threat, Fox producer Jesse Watters stated that in “the big speech he gave three months ago,” Obama “said, technically the war on terror is over.”
On Your World, Fox News contributor Lisa Daftari told host Neil Cavuto, “We've been told by this administration that the war on terror is over.”
But as TIME magazine's Michael Crowley explained, Obama did not declare the war on terror over; rather, he warned that the threat of al Qaeda has shifted:
After Obama's broad counter-terrorism address in May, which included modest new restrictions on U.S. drone strikes, conservatives were dismayed: “He has now declared the war on terrorism over,” groused House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon.
No, he didn't. Obama's speech actually disappointed some liberals actually might like to see Obama declare an end to the terror war-not as a matter of defeatism, but as a step towards policies that rely less on killing and more on capture and prosecution in the criminal justice system.
Instead, Obama warned that the al Qaeda threat “has shifted and evolved from the one that came to our shores on 9/11.” As I noted on Friday, he went on to warn of more localized threats," as he put it, “against Western diplomats, companies, and other soft targets.” In other words, exactly the kind of threat we facing today.
Furthermore, in his May speech on terrorism, Obama acknowledged that the U.S. “is still threatened by terrorists” :
Now, make no mistake, our nation is still threatened by terrorists. From Benghazi to Boston, we have been tragically reminded of that truth. But we have to recognize that the threat has shifted and evolved from the one that came to our shores on 9/11. With a decade of experience now to draw from, this is the moment to ask ourselves hard questions -- about the nature of today's threats and how we should confront them.