I know, that's not particularly surprising.
Adam Gadahn called on President Barack Obama to withdraw his troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, end support for Israel, stop intervening in the affairs of Muslims, and free Muslim prisoners.Those sound like exactly the same sorts of things that are said at pretty much any left-wing peace protest. To be fair, they are also similar to policies advocated by isolationists and Israel-haters of all political stripes. That's why we call them useful idiots for the enemies of the U.S.
The U.S. should do precisely the opposite of what Gadahn demands. It should maintain permanent bases in both Iraq and Afghanistan to protect our interests and project power in the region. We have invested massive amounts of resources, and expended thousands of lives in those countries. We don't need huge numbers of troops there, but we will need a presence for the foreseeable future.
Irrational hatred of Israel is endemic in the Arab & Muslim world, and shared by anti-Semites and many leftists worldwide. The U.S. should not only continue to support Israel, it should make it clear that we will stand with our long-time ally despite the waves of hatred directed its way. Adam Gadahn's words demonstrate yet again that Israel's most virulent enemies are also enemies of the U.S.
As for intervening in the affairs of Muslims, no religion determines or has any say in U.S. foreign policy. And it goes without saying that Al Qaeda does not speak for all Muslims, but for its own narrow brand of Islamic religious fanaticism. The U.S. should continue to intervene wherever and whenever to advance & protect its interests, regardless of the religion of the area in question. And of course Muslim prisoners are held because they are enemies of the U.S., not because they've been singled out for being Islamic.