President Obama’s boast Friday afternoon that his administration has kept the United States safe from foreign-directed terrorist attacks is accurate — but boy is it a carefully parsed brag.

“No foreign terrorist organization has successfully executed an attack on our homeland that was directed from overseas,” the president said at his year-end White House press conference.

Obama is not wrong. Since his first inauguration in 2009, no foreign terrorist group has planned and launched a successful attack on the U.S. from afar.

However, there’s obviously much more to the story. The president’s remarks are worded carefully for this reason.

By framing his accomplishment in these very specific terms, Obama can position himself as the victor in the ongoing war on terror, while also avoiding mentions of the fact there have been several major terrorist attacks in the U.S. under his watch. The president’s remarks Friday, which are an amended version of a claim he made on Dec. 6 when he said, “No foreign terrorist organization has successfully planned and executed an attack on our homeland,” also allow him to avoid mentioning that many of the attacks in the U.S. have been connected to foreign terrorist groups.

In fact, in the last eight years, there have been at least 10 high-profile terrorist events in the U.S. where the perpetrators were either inspired by or connected to radical organizations like the Islamic State or al Qaeda.

The first such attack took place on June 1, 2009, when Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad shot and killed Army Pvt. William Andrew Long and injured Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula at a military recruiting station in Little Rock, Ark. The shooter claimed later that he acted as a member of al Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula, which operates out of Yemen.

Later that same year, on Nov. 5, 2009, Major Nidal Malik Hasan went on a shooting spree at Fort Hood in Texas, and murdered 14 people. Prior to the shooting event, Hasan was in contact with al-Qaeda’s Anwar al-Awlaki.

On April 15, 2013, Tamerlan and Dhozkar Tsarnaev, both of whom frequented a mosque with connections to al Qaeda, detonated two bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring more than 200.

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One year later, on Oct. 23, 2014, Zale Thompson assaulted and injured two police officers in Queens, N.Y., with a hatchet. Though he was a so-called lone wolf, Thompson acted after he became self-radicalized through the Islamic State, al Qaeda and al Shabab literature.

On July 16, 2015, Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez shot and killed four U.S. Marines and one sailor at a Navy reserve facility center in Chattanooga, Tenn. FBI Director James Comey said later that there was no doubt that Abdulazeez was, “motivated by foreign terrorist organization propaganda.”

Later, on Dec. 14, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif., Tashfeen Malik and her husband, Syed Farook, shot and killed 14 people at a Christmas party. The shooting spree left an additional 22 people with injuries. The FBI reported the two shooters had been radicalized by Islamic terrorist organizations, though the bureau has not yet determined which group most inspired the attack. ISIS has described the two terrorists as “supporters.”

There have been three radical Islam-inspired terrorist attacks on U.S. soil in 2016, including the Orlando nightclub shooting, which claimed 49 lives, the New York and New Jersey bombings, which left 31 people injured, and a mass stabbing at Ohio State University, which left 11 people hospitalized.

Since Obama’s 2009 inauguration, there have also been at least two foiled high-profile attacks with directs links to notable terrorist groups. There was the 2009 Christmas Day attack, which al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula claimed responsibility for, and the attempted mass shooting in 2015 in Garland, Texas., which ISIS claimed they orchestrated.

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Again, the president’s boast Friday isn’t inaccurate.

It’s just that it comes with so many disclaimers that it’s bit like bragging that no left-handed dyslexic Russian generals were involved in the recent hacking of the Democratic National Committee. The metric may be true, but it doesn’t change the fact that the DNC was the victim of multiple cyberattacks. It also doesn’t change the fact that the hacks happened under Obama’s watch.

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