As we contemplate the kidnapping of Americans (and other nationalities) in Algeria by Al Qaeda forces, that Al Qaeda forces in Mali are well on their way to carving out their own nation, the prominent role that Al Qaeda forces have achieved in Syria, and not forgetting the group's attack against the Benghazi consulate, we should not forget Obama's own "Mission Accomplished" speech in May 2012, claiming that "Over the last three years, the tide has turned. The goal that I set — to defeat al-Qaeda, and deny it a chance to rebuild — is within reach." Later, in October 2012, Obama bragged that “Al-Qaeda is on the path to defeat and Osama Bin Laden is dead.” In fact, Obama repeatedly made the same or similar comments last fall.
If the media was not so biased, they would remind Obama of his "path to defeat" comments with every new terrorist attack and military venture carried out by Al Qaeda. However, this is something that should be constantly echoing in Obama's ears.