JOHN ROBERTS, FOX NEWS: One final point, if I could, Charles. New York Times editorial editor Andrew Rosenthal defended the story today in a blog saying this was about politics. He said, “the Republicans hope to tarnish Democratic candidates by making it seem as though Mr. Obama doesn’t take Al Qaeda seriously. They also want to throw mud at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who they fear will run for president in 2016.”
CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: I think he gave the game away by being defensive about this. He is making it quite obvious the reason that the Times invested all the effort and time in this and put it on the front page is precisely a way to protect the Democrats, to deflect the issue, to protect Hillary, who was exposed on this issue like almost no issue in her tenure in the administration. It is obviously a political move.
But just one point on that State Department spokesperson. Saying it is not al Qaeda because it isn’t core al Qaeda is absurd. It is like saying that if the Greek resistance in the Second World War launched an attack on an Nazi outpost, it wasn’t part of the Allied effort if they had gotten a direct order from Churchill. Obviously these are elements in the struggle. They are all united in the sense, in their ideology and often in their links and that is all you have to know.