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  • Missing the Long War

    The names of war do not matter all that much. After all we won the Cold War even though it sounded like a battle against hypothermia. Some wars don’t even get named until after the fact…like the 30 Years war (which was actually longer than 30 years). Renaming a war does matter, however, when the act of naming becomes an act in advertising to disguise a really bad strategy. The Atlantic‘s Marc Ambinder notes “If you blinked, you might have missed it. The Obama administration has unofficially rebranded “war on terror” phrase that dominated public discourse throughout the Bush administration. The replacement phrase, carefully chosen, is “CVE” – Countering Violent Extremism.”

    It is not the name change that matters—what matters is it what it signals. President Obama has no interest in fighting a war, he wants to pretend that one does not exist. He wants to run away from Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran and every threat that confronts the United States as quickly as possible. CVE is about dodging attacks thrown at the United States. Then, as long as he can get away with not having some catastrophic disaster on his watch, President Obama will declare victory.

    Sadly, the Obama doctrine is a terrible strategy for keeping America safe, free, and prosperous. It cedes the initiative to the enemy—and trust me, sooner or later, an enemy will take advantage of the opportunity.

    Oddly, even President Obama cannot dispute that is really the Long War. Our troops have been fighting and dieing for a decade and the terrorists keep coming at us. You cannot win long wars with nothing but defense when you have a determined enemy. All you will accomplish is ensuring endless conflict. President Obama will find himself countering violent extremism for a long, long time—at least as long as he is still in office.

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    3 Responses to Missing the Long War

    1. MJF, CT says:

      Mr. Obama does not understand war because he never studied the basic concept of war. War is not won by standing defense, war is won by forcing the enemy to stand relentless and never ending defense. But cowards (read Liberals) will never understand as they have no stomach for battle.

    2. The Elephant's says:

      Well, here we have the results of having a Public Relations man as a chief adviser, good at re-naming, but not so hot at the other stuff.

      And the crack national-security team is searching Lebanon for "moderate elements" within Hezbollah. Mr. Brennan notes that "There is certainly (sic) the elements of Hezbollah that are truly a concern to us what they're doing (sic). And what we need to do is to find ways to diminish their influence within the organization and to try to build up the more moderate elements."

      Since Hezbollah is a subsidiary of Iran, maybe the moderates that they find (assuming that they live through their quest) will be able to promote those talks with the Mullahs that Mr. Obama has been so anxious to have. I simply don't get the mindset.

    3. Wildcat from Dallast says:

      The “Global War On Terrorism” (GWOT) is the only thing global I am interested in and know that we as a nation must be cognizant of and ever vigilant in our aggressive prosecution thereof. Considering the source of the name change reveals a lot about their conscious understanding of the GWOT and yet holds onto the false perception that simply changing the name will make all things better for us. We have been and continue to counter violent extremism by actively leading the attack then managing the ongoing battles inherent in the GWOT.

      It just proves once again that our “Doofus-In-Chief” (DIC) is merely a manchild oxygen thief who is absolutely unqualified to serve (much less serve honorably) as the President. Of course he is incompetent. He refuses to fully understand he is a wartime president. He still firmly believes he can engage the enemy zealots and overcome their issues with us through his vast teleprompter skills and witty verbal repartee. That is also why he focused on prosecuting the war on prosperity here in America, executed policies shoving the country towards Socialism and all while spending the country into oblivion!

      It is intuitively clear, even to the most casual observer, that President Obama has no understanding (and no concept) whatsoever relative to the operational art nor the operational science of war; conventional and asymmetric. Obama cares not for what he needs to fully understand as a leader much less as a civilian leader of our great nation when it is already at war.

      What do we do from this point onward? And what can we expect? First off, we need to realize that Islamic terrorists are exactly what the label clearly states they are. Stop believing the lie that Islam is a religion of peace! It never has been and never will be.

      Once you understand that Islam is not a religion of peace then you realize the validity of the article from the London Times, 12/29/09 by Giles Whittell and Adam Fresco in which they took a quote from the Airline Bomber and used it as their title. Their article confirms what I learned long ago, he is the first of many terrorists (airline bombers) and others focused, funded and determined to wage war against us on American soil without ceasing! Islamic terrorists are going to keep attacking us on American soil until there are no more Islamic terrorists or America becomes an Islamic state.

      So what do we do from here? Well, get rid of ALL the Progressives/Socialists/Statists/Liberals regardless of political party then change make some bold changes to rid the world of this cancer on an otherwise peaceful society. My conclusion follows a viable course of action developed to accomplish that while simultaneously preserving the God given individual liberties and freedoms of American citizens. That same state of peace can then be accepted worldwide by our allies in the GWOT.

      But the boldest move we need to make is to declare the followers of Islam incompatible with the laws of the United States of America and prohibit its existence in this great nation! Seize their assets, physical and financial. BTW, Saudi Arabia prohibits anything but Islam in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, so it’s not like something like this isn’t going on now elsewhere in the world. Then you actually prosecute the war on terror as a war needs to be conducted, ruthlessly applied controlled violence against the tyrannical leaders of terrorism without concern for collateral damage.

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