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Obama says war on terror 'must end'
Most of the attention paid to the president's counterterrorsm speech yesterday was with the change in his policy of when to use drones and his insistence that the Guantanamo Bay prison be dismantled.
But the overall tenor and tone of the speech was a direct slap in the face to his predecessor and a rap on the knuckles to current Republicans who don't believe this is the time to go soft on Islamic extremism.
In other words, the speech was highly partisan and had more to do with domestic politics - protecting his left flank while criticizing Republian hawks - than with any policy shift on terrorism.
So if the war must end, who won? This is bizarre and recalls the efforts of the new Communist government in Russia who began to negotiate an end to the war with Germany in 1917.
The Germans wanted a lot of Russian territory and war reparations. The Communists were as naive as Obama and didn't want to pay such a stiff price for a war they felt they didn't start. So the Commies unilaterally declared that the war was over and began to withdraw its troops from the front.
The Germans were shocked - and absolutely delighted. They simply ordered their troops forward and the German army advanced hundreds of miles before the chastened Communists returned to the negotiating table and gave the Germans just about everything they wanted.
With the president's declaration that the US isn't going to fight a war anymore, what effect do you think that will have on the terrorists overseas? Al-Qaeda declared war on the US 15 years ago while other terrorist groups followed suit. When one side wants to continue fighting and the other virtually surrenders, how can you judge the outcome of the war any other way except the US has lost?
He's "reshaping" America's image, alright. And there is little doubt that the Islamic world will take note of the weakness that Obama is projecting.
No doubt police raids on suspected terrorist cells are necessary. But Pakistan, who knowingly harbors terrorists who ache to kill Americans should be the last nation on earth talking about violating "international law."
There are places on this planet where terrorists will be able to operate with impunity - free to secretly plan their attacks on America without worrying about either their host country or the United States. We will, as in the manner of police, arrest the perpetrators - after they have engaged in a mass casualty attack on the US.
And that's fine - we can live with that say Obama and his supporters. Of course, they don't mind the deaths of Americans very much because it probably won't be them doing the dying. So we will pretend that 9/11 was just a bad dream or worse - an overreaction to the death of 3,000 citizens.
This is the mindset of Obama's and his supporters. We can absorb a 9/11 every week and still not have to worry about terrorism being an "existential" threat to our survival. Because they can't kill us all, we should undo the "overreaction" to 9/11 and go back to coddling terrorists and those who would do us harm.
There is not a military solution in every aspect of the war on terror. But there should be a military option. And Obama is taking that a way in the name of making the US more "popular" with Muslim states.
Good luck with that.
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