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The Global War on Terror is Over! The State Department Said So. by The Elephant's Child

The State Department has declared that the global war on terror is over and won.  Figures. Obama takes full credit for winning the Iraq war and bringing the troops home, and for ending the Afghanistan war.  Obama always believed that the whole thing was about al Qaeda and Osama’s involvement in 9/11.  Once Osama was dead, we had our revenge and it was all over.

The anonymous “senior State Department official who works on Mideast issues” told the National Journal recently “Now that we have killed most of al-Qaeda, now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al-Qaeda see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.”

Those legitimate means of expression are going well. The illusion that those who are looking for the triumph of Islamic fundamentalism now see “legitimate means of expression,” now that Moammar Gadhafi in Libya and Hosni Mubarak in  Egypt are gone, simply do not grasp the difficulty of cultivating anything even approaching Western style values of liberty in traditional Islamic lands. The Taliban is regaining control in Afghanistan, Iran is still industriously building a nuclear weapon for its ruling ayatollah which it promises to use to destroy Israel and the U.S. And Bashar Assad,  much celebrated by Liberals for his modernity and western outlook, ‘unexpectedly’ turned into a butcher.

The Arab Spring was so promising, and Mohamed Morsi is leading in Egypt’s presidential race led supporters in a chant “The Koran is our constitution, and Sharia is our guide!”

Michael Rubin of AEI, in his introduction to a paper presented to the Counter Terror Expo 1012 says:

The fight against terrorism is no closer to success today than it was a decade ago when, in the wake of the September 11 terror attacks, President George W. Bush declared a Global War on Terrorism, The problem is not simply that Western agencies are outfoxed by state sponsors of terror and trans-national groups, but rather that Western governments and international organizations continue to suffer self-inflicted wounds. These include a failure to reach consensus on what terrorism is, political correctness that leads Western officials to downplay or ignore the religious component to terrorism; the legitimization of terrorist’s grievances; and a failure to recognize that diplomacy often does more harm than good.

Ambassador John Bolton remarked that:

Obama sees American strength as provocative. He believes its nuclear arsenal is excessive, and hence worthy of reduction, without fearing in any way that shredding the nuclear deterrent might actually have profoundly deleterious consequences not only on US national security, but on security and stability in the world as a whole. He sees his presidency causing “the tide of war” to recede in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, just as his tenure will mark “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow”. Dramatic reductions in military budgets, and the consequent devastating reductions in force levels, capabilities and weapons systems, apparently do not trouble him even slightly.

The Left has a hard time with ideas about war and peace. They regard peace as the natural state of the world, in spite of all evidence to the contrary. They see wars as largely the result of American warmongering and intransigence— and due to a lack of proper diplomacy and friendliness.There are always those on the left who are sure that unilateral disarmament will promote world peace.

The Right, in general, understands that flawed human nature means that some will always seek power, demand that their ideology be imposed on all, and that a strong defense can be the best way to prevent war and sustain peace.

Americans hate war, and are always sure that as soon as the most recent war is ended that there will be no more trouble in the world.  The military is downsized, the “Military-Industrial Complex” declines, the spent-up equipment from the last war is not replaced, and though we mean to keep a strong deterrent —there are always other nice things to do with the money. And when the next war comes along, because we are perceived as weak, we are never, never ready.

John Bolton points out that Obama’s timidity risks the world’s Security. His excellent essay is worth your time, for clear thinking and analysis.

In 2009 Obama said: “I’m always worried about using the word ‘victory,’ because, you know, it invokes this notion of Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing a surrender to MacArthur.” Of course, it wasn’t Hirohito who surrendered on the Missouri‘s stout deck, but the revelation of Obama’s mindset is telling. Conceptually, a world of no victories may warm the hearts of social democrats, but it is insufficient for the defense of America. Nonetheless, November may well tell us, in more ways than one, whether America will remain America, or whether it has become better suited to being a junior member of the European Union.



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