That was just a warm-up. In the weeks since, the terrorist group has unleashed a stream of verbal tirades against Barack Obama, each more venomous than the last. Obama has been called a "hypocrite," a "killer" of innocents, an "enemy of Muslims." He was even blamed for the Israeli military assault on Gaza, which began and ended before he took office.
"He kills your brothers and sisters in Gaza mercilessly and without affection," an al-Qaeda spokesman declared in a grainy Internet video this month.
The torrent of hateful words is part of what terrorism experts now believe is a deliberate, even desperate, propaganda campaign against a president who appears to have gotten under al-Qaeda's skin. The departure of George W. Bush deprived al-Qaeda of a polarizing American leader who reliably drove recruits and donations to the terrorist group
But for now, the change in Washington appears to have rattled al-Qaeda's leaders, some of whom are scrambling to convince the faithful that Obama and Bush are essentially the same.
Al-Qaeda's rhetorical swipes at Obama date to the weeks before the election, when commentators on Web sites associated with the group debated which of the two major presidential candidates would be better for the jihadist movement. While opinions differed, a consensus view supported Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) as the man most likely to continue Bush administration policies and, it was hoped, drive the United States more deeply into a prolonged guerrilla war.
Soon after the vote, the attacks turned personal -- and insulting. In his Nov. 16 video message, Zawahiri denounced Obama as "the direct opposite of honorable black Americans" such as Malcolm X. He then used the term "house Negro," implying that Obama is merely a servant carrying out the orders of powerful whites.
Now Warrick may not be aware of the view of American Presidents by Al Qaeda, however here is how they view all American Presidents. To Al Qaeda, all American Presidents are the same. It matters not whether they want to withdraw from Iraq, stop enhanced interrogations, or any other liberal fantasy that some think will make the world love us.
In fact, that Al Qaeda is viciously verbally attacking the new President ought to hint to some of the liberals just how much goodwill all of their policies will gain with Al Qaeda itself. The insults should NOT however be a hint that Al Qaeda is scared or on the run. They are verbally abusing the new President with the same vigor that they did the old President. That's because they hate America and all it stands for. They will attack every symbol, verbally or otherwise, of the country.
In order for these verbal assaults to stop all the U.S. needs to do is meet the demands of Al Qaeda. This includes removing all troops from the Middle East. Immediately, become an Islamic nation that follows the Wahhabi sect. Finally, relinquish all support for Israel. Now, if the President does all of this then Al Qadea will stop hurling insults. Until then though, we should not interpret their insults as a sign of weakness.