Is the War on Terror really over?
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's message to the world is that Iran is going full steam ahead in the race to develop nuclear weapons
President Barack Obama, in his speech to the National Defense University on May 23, 2013:
"After I took office, we stepped up the war against al Qaeda, but also sought to change its course. We relentlessly targeted al Qaeda'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."
"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."
"Today, the core of al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan is on a path to defeat. Their remaining operatives spend more time thinking about their own safety than plotting against us....They have not carried out a successful attack on our homeland since 9/11."
Only a week after President Obama declared an end to the global war on terror, the State Department accused Iran of “a marked resurgence” in its global export of terrorism to “a tempo unseen since the 1990s.”
Argentina prosecutors, issuing indictments against Iranian officials, including the country’s defense minister and a presidential candidate, in the bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish center that killed 85 people, wrote a 502-page charging document that named Iran as establishing terrorist networks in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Suriname, among other countries.
Obama's contention that al Qaeda has been emasculated is what led him to stand before the American people and blatantly lie for the weeks following the terrorist attack on the Benghazi embassy.
Obama's presidency has been one dismal failure after another, and his assertion that al Qaeda had been virtually destroyed on his watch and was no longer a threat was one of the cornerstones of his reelection campaign. He even made the claim in the last debate, after the Benghazi attack. So, admitting that the attack was a planned al Qaeda operation to commemorate the anniversary of the WTC attack would have meant admitting yet another failure.
I also wonder if he recognizes the irony - and hypocrisy - of proudly declaring a ban on waterboarding (what he calls "torture") while, in the next breath, taking credit for killing Osama bin Laden when it is known that bin Laden was only located due to waterboarding.
I am surprised, though, that Obama is so arrogant that he can STILL contend that the War on Terror has been won, despite so much proof to the contrary. This head-in-the-sand approach to Muslim international terrorism is dangerous. One has to wonder what is behind it. Is it that he is trying to divert attention from his lies about Benghazi, or could it be precipitated by his zeal to defend Islam? Either way, for America to deny that our citizens, here and abroad, face serious, major threats from al Qaeda, Hezbollah, and other Islamic terror groups that are dedicated to our destruction is not just naïve, it is dangerous. Unfortunately, we will inevitably learn just how dangerous.