|I don’t remember so good anymore|
Well America, this 12-year-long War on Radical Islamic Terrorists is over! How do I know you ask? Because the President said so. Yesterday President Obama gave a speech on National Security where he said Bin Laden is dead, al-Qaida is on the run and declared victory in the war on terror–almost. He didn’t say we won, doesn’t call it a war on terror, and of course anybody who lived through Benghazi or Fort Hood knows that al-Qaida isn’t actually on the run.
OK perhaps the war isn’t over but the President did give a speech yesterday and it was on national security, the speech was rambling an filled with naivite and half- truths, but on the bright side Osama bin Laden IS dead (I hope).
We relentlessly targeted al-Qaida’s leadership. We ended the war in Iraq and brought nearly 150,000 troops home. We pursued a new strategy in Afghanistan and increased our training of Afghan forces. We unequivocally banned torture, affirmed our commitment to civilian courts, worked to align our policies with the rule of law and expanded our consultations with Congress.
Excuse me Mr President you forgot about Libya there was no consultation with Congress, in fact you didn’t go to Congress before you committed our troops-nor did you have an exit strategy or any idea who would take over once you whacked Qudaffi. The mishandling of Libya ended up with four Americans dying at Benghazi.
Today Osama bin Laden is dead, and so are most of his top lieutenants. There have been no large-scale attacks on the United States, and our homeland is more secure. Fewer of our troops are in harm’s way, and over the next 19 months they will continue to come home. Our alliances are strong, and so is our standing in the world. In sum, we are safer because of our efforts.
Now make no mistake: Our nation is still threatened by terrorists. From Benghazi to Boston, we have been tragically reminded of that truth. But we recognize that the threat has shifted and evolved from the one that came to our shores on 9/11. With a decade of experience to draw from, this is the moment to ask ourselves hard questions about the nature of today’s threats and how we should confront them.
Yes America, there have been no large-scale attacks on America, well except for the Boston Marathon attack, well except for the Boston marathon and Benghazi, well except for well except for the Boston marathon and Benghazi and Fort Hood–DAMN Doesn’t this guy have any Idea what he is talking about?
And these questions matter to every American. For over the last decade, our nation has spent well over a trillion dollars on war, helping to explode our deficits and constraining our ability to nation-build here at home. Our service members and their families have sacrificed far more on our behalf.
….So America is at a crossroads. We must define the nature and scope of this struggle, or else it will define us. We have to be mindful of James Madison’s warning that no nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual warfare. Neither I nor any president can promise the total defeat of terror.
Er…Mr. President to quote your first campaign theme….”Yes We can!” When we get in trouble is when this country refuses to win a war.
..Today the core of al Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan is on the path to defeat. Their remaining operatives spend more time thinking about their own safety than plotting against us.
They did not direct the attacks in Benghazi or Boston. They’ve not carried out a successful attack on our homeland since 9/11.
Instead what we’ve seen is the emergence of various al-Qaida affiliates. From Yemen to Iraq, from Somalia to North Africa, the threat today is more diffuse, with al-Qaida’s affiliates in the Arabian Peninsula, AQAP, the most active in plotting against our homeland. And while none of AQAP’s efforts approach the scale of 9/11, they have continued to plot acts of terror, like the attempt to blow up an airplane on Christmas Day in 2009.
Talk about spin…it’s like saying the kids don’t go to McDonald’s they went to the McDonald’s franchise. Its the same thing! Just because the management of al-Qaida became decentralized they still have the same objective, to kill westerners. Some may even argue that a decentralized al-Qaida management may be more nimble, able to shift gears to be even more successful!
..Unrest in the Arab world has also allowed extremists to gain a foothold in countries like Libya and Syria. But here too there are differences from 9/11. In some cases, we continue to confront state- sponsored networks like Hezbollah that engage in acts of terror to achieve political goals. Other of these groups are simply collections of local militias or extremists interested in seizing territory. And while we are vigilant for signs that these groups may pose a transnational threat, most are focused on operating in the countries and regions where they are based. And that means we’ll face more localized threats like what we saw in Benghazi, or the BP oil facility in Algeria, in which local operatives — perhaps in loose affiliation with regional networks — launch periodic attacks against Western diplomats, companies and other soft targets, or resort to kidnapping and other criminal enterprises to fund their operations.
Mr. President you forgot all the other “Arab Spring” revolts which turn government into Islamist tyrannical regimes, Tunisia, Egypt, and Egypt to name a few. Perhaps you missed it–was in all the papers.
..And finally, we face a real threat from radicalized individuals here in the United States.
Whether it’s a shooter at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, a plane flying into a building in Texas, or the extremists who killed 168 people at the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, America’s confronted many forms of violent extremism in our history. Deranged or alienated individuals, often U.S. citizens or legal residents, can do enormous damage, particularly when inspired by larger notions of violent jihad. And that pull towards extremism appears to have led to the shooting at Fort Hood and the bombing of the Boston Marathon.
Oops you forget again, unlike the first two examples Fort Hood, Boston Marathon, the attempted bombing at Times Square NY, The Underwear bomber, the illegal alien who tried to blow up the buildings in Dallas, the terrorist cell who was arrested before it could attack Fort Dix (I could go on and on) were ALL doing their dastardly deed in the name of radical Islam.
..So that’s the current threat. Lethal, yet less capable, al-Qaida affiliates, threats to diplomatic facilities and businesses abroad, homegrown extremists. This is the future of terrorism. We have to take these threats seriously and do all that we can to confront them. But as we shape our response, we have to recognize that the scale of this threat closely resembles the types of attacks we faced before 9/11.
Less capable only if you forget all of the Above.
This was the President’s intro (or part of it). And to be totally fair later on in his speech he does mention radical Islamist in the context of not blaming all Muslims. The policies he mentions during the rest of the speech are meaningless because the premise he sets up at the first part of the speech is totally wrong.
The war on terror is not nearly over. And its not really a war on terror, it’s a war on Radical Islam. They declared war on us and we MUST fight them until we win, other wise the war will never be over.
After 9/11 for the remainder of the Bush administration there were no Islamic terrorist attacks on American soil (a couple of attempts but no success). Since 2009 when Barack Obama took over there have been three, Fort Hood, Benghazi (our mission our soil), and most recently Boston.
There is the adage that counter-terrorism has to be successful 100% of the time while the terrorists only have to be successful ONCE. I would submit to you that this president’s memory loss has more to do with the success of these three attacks than the planning on their part. With all three attacks there were warnings which would have (if heeded) prevented any assault on America. It is this president’s politically correct refusal to remember who we are fighting against which sets the tone and allows terrorist plots to sneak by.