Saturday, August 08, 2009

U.S. no longer at war with 'terrorism'

We read:
"It's official. The United States is no longer engaged in a "war on terrorism." Neither is it fighting "jihadists" nor locked in a "global war." President Obama's top homeland security and counterterrorism official on Thursday declared as unacceptable the terms crafted by the George W. Bush administration.

It is now solely a "war with al Qaeda" and its violent extremist allies, said John Brennan, head of the White House homeland security office, during a speech Thursday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank....

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in March that the administration was not using the term "war on terror" but no specific directive had come from the White House itself. Mr. Obama used the term "war on terror" Jan. 23, his fourth day as president, but he has not used it since.


So all Islamic extremists are affiliated with al Qaeda? Some of them might be surprised to hear that. There are a lot of divisions in the Muslim world. For a start, al Qaeda are Sunni. So there are no Shiite terrorists?? Where does that leave the Shiite Iranians and their allies in Lebanon?

Still, "war on terror" was a pretty silly phrase too. The accurate thing to say would be "war on Muslim terrorists" but we MUST not mention that word "Muslim", of course.


Anonymous said...

How typical of comrade Obummer and his Leftist government (and for that matter, all Leftists) to eliminate or hide a problem by simply re-naming it. Poof, it's gone!

The public won't swallow socialized medicine? Ok, we'll just call it "universal healthcare". Done!

Thousands of highly qualified scientists have called global warming a "global scam"? Ok, we'll just call it "climate change". By doing so, the Left will convince the mindless public that they, the Left, can actually change the weather! Ask yourself this, what would you say if someone walked up to you and said, "hey, i can change the weather!"?

It's one of the oldest and most effective tactics the Left has. And, it works very well on a public that's usually brain-dead, weak, distracted, and completely lacking any will of it's own. Terrorism is terrorism, no matter what you call it. Disguising it will not change the fact that 99% of it comes from radical muslims. Disguising it will only keep this nation of fools passive and compliant.

Stan B said...

I can see the campaign commercials now....
"Saved the Economy"
"Insured every American"
"Stopped Global Warming"
"Ended the War On Terrorism"
"And all without a single tax increase on the Middle Class"

Yeah, that's the ticket....

Anonymous said...

That's funny Stan, unless it turns out to be true.

Frank Frank said...

The war, and it is an old one, is against anyone who takes the Koran and the Hadiths seriously. Most Muslims have little idea what is in either.

Anonymous said...

I thought "The War on Terror" was a good name for our overseas "adventures". It is nebulous enough to allow a lot of wiggle room to do whatever needs to be done. If Obama wants to paint himself into a corner, so be it.

Phil in Cow Town said...

Well that was actually the problem with the "war on terror". It was far too nebulous and open ended.

When would it end? When there were no more terrorists. Who defines what a terrorist is? The people waging the war do.

It REEKED of new speak.

After Al Queda there'd be another outfit, then another, then another. An unending war against our enemies.

This new term defines who the enemy is, and it clearly shows that America is going after the people who actually attacked you on 9-11. It shows that if you attack us, we'll target and destroy you in a focused campaign. It's a warning to other groups who may be considering it.

How are those other wars with nebulous and open ended names going? The war on drugs, poverty, crime, communism, etc. The war on communism would seem to be over, but there are still commies out there, so did we win or call it a draw?

Anonymous said...

Phil, you make some good points. Rather than wasting all that time, money, and more importantly, all those valuable American lives attacking Iraq, (which had nothing to do with 9/11) we should take some lessons from Isreal. Pinpoint your enemy, move covert teams in "quietly", kill them all, and move out just as quietly.

Not only is that tactic much more effective, it also plants fear in your enemies, since they have no way of knowing what you're doing, unless they're watching CNN.

Anonymous said...

"we should take some lessons from Isreal [Israel]. Pinpoint your enemy, move covert teams in "quietly", kill them all, and move out just as quietly."

Somehow, Anon I doubt you're see the real picture.

Is that what Israel did when the hamas rocket bombardment got too intense a year ago? Don't get me wrong. I'd love to see Israel wipe out EVERY Palistinian in the world.

Or How about the Lebanese campaign a few years ago. Hezbollah's rockets cause a tad of consternation in Israel. So much that Southern Lebanon was practically demolished. Too bad the "Liberal peaceniks at all costs freaks" in the Israeli forced the end to what certainly been a victory for the very brave and tenacious Israel army. Then, to boot, the U.N. weenies settled in and watched as hezbollah rearmed themselves without as so much as a "don't do that you naughty lads".

It won't be long before the hammer-strike tactic once again is used. Hopefully, Iran will feel the full force of Israel's justified anger.

Anonymous said...

You're right Bogs, but the reason for Isreal not doing what they do so well (quiet assassinations) was, as usual, the good old UAS's intervention. Unfortunately for Isreal, they have allowed the USA to play politics with their saftey for a long time, because of Isreal's needs. ($$$) But i truly think that mentality is coming to an end. if it doesn't, Isreal will end-up as just a big hole in the desert.

Anonymous said...

We were in Iraq because they WERE a big supporter of terrorism under Saddam. It was the policy of the Iraq government to pay $50,000 to the family of any Palestinian suicide bomber.

That much money was a huge draw to young easily hoodwinked youngsters who saw the desperate poverty of their families and decided to use that payment to help their family.

You can correlate the huge reduction in suicide bombings by Palestinians in Israel to the fall of Iraq.

That wasn't the major reason we went into Iraq of course but it was consistent with the idea of a "War on Terror".