Romney knew about northern Mali because of his intelligence briefings. But the meme of The Regime throughout the presidential campaign was that al Qaeda was in full retreat worldwide, and so the State Run Media never reported anything about the conflict. That’s why it was so easy for the Left then to dismiss Romney’s assertion and ridicule him. The Left’s media had done suchagood job of lying by omission, that the man who knew the truth – Romney – looked like he was the only one didn’t know what he was talking about. “al Qaeda in Mali, ridiculous!”
And this was also in synch with getting through the election without telling the American people the truth about Benghazi being an attack by al Qaeda in Libya who we probably armed – instead blaming it on an internet video. And hiding the advance of al Qaeda in Libya, Syria, Somalia, etc. and the Muslim Brotherhood across Northern Africa and the Levant.
Radical Islam is suddenly, withinacouple years of Obama’s administration, the ascendant power throughout the Middle East. While Carter handed Iran to radical Islam, Obama has done the same everywhere else.