What Closing American Diplomatic Facilities Means

Why is the Obama administration taking such extraordinary action? Evidently, the administration believes it has evidence of specific threats against American facilities and citizens from al-Qaeda and “affiliated organizations.” In addition to shutting down diplomatic facilities, the U.S. State Department has warned Americans in Muslim countries to guard against terrorist attacks; the warning expires August 31.

Wasn’t the administration’s contention just last year that, with the death of Osama bin Laden and other leaders, al-Qaeda was broken, defeated, and on the run?