Headlines of Nonsense

Maybe the first Sunday of 2010 is just a slow news day. That is a generous excuse for a headline that read “Calling it ‘war’, Obama links al-Qaeda to plot”. I hope our memories have not forgotten what former President George W Bush did with his pronouncement of the “War on Terror”. Not only is it impossible to fight terror, it is even more dangerously a license to steal.

Thoroughly investigating the background of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab and who supplied him with training and explosives makes perfect sense. Depending upon the findings, some type of countermeasures will be appropriate. The idea of being at war is like chasing the wind. It is everywhere and it is nowhere. I worry when I hear a sane person such as President Obama using this clearly nonsensical language.

Partial mitigation might be that he was trying to outflank former Vice President Cheney and the rest of the chicken hawks who revel in this type of language. I would argue, however, that it is the likes of Cheney who should be a signal to do just the opposite of what they would recommend. In his 8 years, arguably as the de facto President, Cheney’s policies were one disaster after another.

President Obama needs to remember that our actions to thwart Islamic extremists must be done in what is America’s national interests and what we can afford. We are not the world’s policemen. These extremists have hardly a pot to pee in, so why do we send several hundred thousand Americans (military and contractors) including all the refinements of what Americans enjoy each day to fight this illusive enemy. It is the modern day equivalent to the British “red coats” who stood in rows while American revolutionaries hid behind trees.

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