And you are connecting the dots of al-Qaeda to two Russian bombers?<quoted text>
Please. Stop. In the same article...
In his State of the Union address to the American people earlier this year, Barack Obama declared that he was "confident" of achieving "our objective of defeating the core of al-Qaeda".
Although he acknowledged the need to pursue the "remnants" of the terrorist group and its affiliates, the overall message was clear – al-Qaeda was badly degraded, the tides of war were receding and the US was winning this fight that was no longer even officially a war.
...So, in fact, he DID lead America into a sense of false confidence.