A writer at the Washington Post took a snippet out of a speech by President Obama's Defense Department general counsel and concluded that he saw an end to the War on Terror. He was wrong.
Washington Post writer Fareed Zakaria characterized the speech by Jeh Johnson (shown on left) as “thoughtful,” and Zakaria was inordinately hopeful that it signaled the beginning of the end of Washington’s 12-year-old War on Terror. He wrote:
For the first time since Sept. 11, 2001, an administration official has sketched a possible endpoint….
Phasing out or modifying these emergency powers [given to the president by Congress to prosecute the war against al-Qaeda] should be something that would appeal to both left and right.
Zakaria agreed with ending the war — to a point — and he invoked the warning James Madison gave about the dangers of unending eternal warfare:
Of all the enemies to public liberty, war is, perhaps, the most to be dreaded, because it comprises and develops the germ of every other. War is the parent of armies; from these proceed debts and taxes….
No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare.
Zakaria reviewed some of the impact that the war has had on America: bloated military budgets, new unconstitutional agencies (especially the Department of Homeland Security, which now employs a quarter of a million people), the building of 33 new intelligence facilities in the Washington, D.C. area alone (equivalent to three Pentagons), an Afghan war that has cost trillions of dollars, and nearly 60,000 American casualties.
Zakaria was hopeful that Johnson’s speech was a turning point, signaling the end of the War on Terror, and that life in the United States can soon return to normal:
It is a good idea that the United States find a way to conduct its anti-terrorism campaigns within a more normal legal framework, rather than rely on blanket wartime authority granted in a panic after Sept. 11.
In fact, the “blanket wartime authority,” which was granted to the president seven days after the September 11 attacks, should never have been passed, as it unconstitutionally allowed the president to declare war — instead of Congress having that power — and then gave the president virtually unlimited power to prosecute the war. From that joint resolution:
Whereas, on September 11, 2001, acts of treacherous violence were committed against the United States and its citizens, and…
Whereas, the President has authority under the Constitution to take action to deter and prevent acts of international terrorism against the United States: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled…
That the President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.
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Obama's phoney pretext on foreign relations and his doomed Leading from Behind will be his downfall ..... patience is what we need here. It will happen as the war on terror is never over.
The plan to succeed in the Caliphate has blossomed into new and stronger declarations for terrorists.
The Middle Eastern culture are not stupid like the American press who proclaim idiocracy everyday. They keep their mouth shut; we don't know their plans and they spring it upon the world. One has to study their culture, history, religion and political platforms to get an idea on what they truely want and it is not concession to the west.
If anyone believes that terrorism is finished and that we no longer have to feel threatened, they are in the dark ages and not facing reality it would appear. Do they honestly feel what happened at Benghazi was not terrorism? Do they believe that because the re-elected Obama and he is a buddy to the Muslim Brotherhood that it will all go away? The worst thing we can do is let our guard down. What will it take to get people to listen, to open their eyes and stop believing the Pied Piper of Chicago via Washington D.C.?
First off it never was a "war on terror" but it was a response to a series of attacks against the US and others by islamists that have been the latest moves in a 1400 year war against anyone not muslim (or even the wrong version of muslim). It's a little hard to end a war unilaterally except to surrender unconditionally. It appears that this administration is doing so and inviting the enemy in "participate" in governing as they have with Muslim Brotherhood operatives in many Federal agencies including defense, security, and intelligence areas. This is way beyond stupid but we have closet islamists in government plus "progressives" who have been allied with them to push the common agenda of destroying the US in order to remake it in their image. The problems for the "progressives" are there are more islamists, they are motivated by more than just ideology and a power trip, and they've been at it a lot longer. When two different radical movements join forces only one will survive in the end.
JohnC, sorry, but I believe you are talking about two very separate problems here. The islamists have one goal....rid the world of the infidels because it is in their Koran and that is what they believe must be done....kill Americans....kill the Brits.....kill anyone who doesn't think the way they do.
A war on terror? Alright, I'll concede on that. It is a war on religious beliefs. Period. It has spilled over into the US. What we need to understand is that this group of religious zealots have infiltrated many countries in Europe and they are here in the US as "sleeper cell" terrorists (don't have another word to use to describe them in the US) but they are living among us, working, buying homes, starting little businesses and they wait....just wait....for the "call" to put on a "vest" loaded with dynamite or whatever they use to blow themselves into oblivion taking hundreds of American lives with them in the name of "Allah." They actually believe that once they do this there will be 13 virgins waiting for them .... now how sick is that? Killing people to go to a higher place to achieve an orgy of sex. What kind of religion is this?
Our country will always from 9/11 on be a country vulnerable to the extremists. They hate no one more than us....a free society.....equality for women (a big one) and our free enterprise system. They hate the rich, like the democrats, and they abhor the wonderful life Americans enjoy. We aren't their only target. They also hate the Brits and the Germans.
To this I might add that it is documented that this did not start with 9/11; there are documented, as I said, incidences where, since the first Gulf War, we have had attempts to disrupt life right here in America. There have been other methods beside bombs and bombings or flying planes into buildings; more subtle attempts that have be experiments more than anything to see if it could work and to what degree. Unfortunately the government did not take our military as seriously as they should but since 9/11 they do. There are more reported incidences daily than we would like to know and we don't hear of it for a good reason. We can argue symantics if we wish, but anytime someone does what the islamists did on 9/11 that is terrorizing to me and so using terrorism is just as appropriate as any other term. We have enough pressure on political correctness, we don't need more.
This threat has not gone away nor will it. To take down our guard and assume there is not real threat any longer, especially after what we have recently and are still seeing is ludicrous and Obama needs to seriously rethink this one. Thank God our military is not as gullible, nor are the FBI, CIA or NSA.
One needs to look close at the number of Muslims coming to the U.S. and just waiting to become citizens; that has been happening for some time and by now we have a large population that are citizens of the U.S. and eligible to vote; this should be disconcerting, too, especially when one listens to them and their attitude toward their new Countrry and it's Constitution, laws, etc.
Very interesting material above from all of you. My only question is this; with all of the Suicide bombings that have occurred throughout the world since the Taliban's time or Al Queda's time, have the number of VIRGINS dissipated down to just a lowly 13 left per martyr? If you will recall, the original number of VIRGINS for the martyrs of this or these various wars, was a very healthy 72 . Now there are onlyl 13?? LOL
Jim, if those imbeciles really believed they would find 72 virgins their brains must have been as mushy as my Aunt Fanny's pumpkin pie.
It would take them 72 years to reach their goal. It would take a year just to defrock one of those babes out of their burkas! LOL
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Lol. I've had some Man to Man talks with a MUSLIM friend and he almost fell off the chair that he was sitting on when I told him about that Virgin Deal. He and his wife have been good friends of mine and Carole's since about 2000 or 2001.
We've visited them at their home, we've gone out to dinner with them, and when we've traveled back to the East Coast they have put us up at the beautiful home in Columbus, New Jersey.
If you were not aware of the fact that they were Muslim, there is almost NOTHING in their house that would give you any hint of such. They are are neat and clean as the best of people and his kids are beautiful. The daughter is darker skinned than the son and the parents, but that is a genetic thing as they are a mixture of Afghanistani and Pakistani.
Carole, was the Home Owner's Association Manager in the community where they lived in New Jersey and Zachia (the wife) had asked Carole for a job with the association. At the time there were no jobs available, but Zachia told Carole that she was not able to actually work as an employee due to her visa restrictions at the time, but just wanted to learn how the HOA runs, what the office work would entail, and also would like to be with English speaking people for a good part of the day as she spoke very few words of English when they first got here.
It didn't take long before this lady was speaking almost FLUENT ENGLISH, was filling Carole's work and was hired by the company. This lady also speaks Afghanistani, Pakistani, French, German and I think one other language. She's smart as can be. And her kids are following suit.
But getting back to the husband. He was telling me that MOST if not ALL of those terrorist jerks are absolute MORONS, with NO EDUCATION and they are duped into carrying out the suicide bombings in order to become Martyrs. They are then promised WEALTH for their family, and the Virgins which they'll be introduced to when they get to heaven. Quite a nice fairy tale, huh? But that is the Middle East and Islamism for you. Very little value is placed on anyone's life and the rules are extreme no matter what. Surely hope that if we ever get to the point of there being an uprising here due to Sharia law, that we are all on the same page as to what MUST BE DONE.
Jim, that is interesting. I had heard 13 but now I am beginning to see why it is easier to get these people to strap on the bombs; 72 would be much more appealing to them. However, that is assuming that they would have a physical body in which to live; wonder if they figured that out or not.
Seriously, that is good to hear that there are those that are here in the U.S. and are finding it a place that they can respect and wish to live, rather than despising all things American.