In an earlier posting, I said that the Obama administration hadn't used the phrase "War on Terror". Apparently, they aren't going to in the future.
They've decided on closing Guantamo Bay (Gitmo) and they suspended the hearings for terrorists held at Gitmo. There is talk that some of the detainees held in Gitmo will be set free in the United States and those put on trial will be put on trial in our court system in this country.
Now, they have renamed the War on Terror the "Overseas contingency operation". I thought I'd look up the written meaning of "Contingency". I know that with Life Insurance, you name a beneficiary who collects the proceeds at your death, and you select a Contingent Beneficiary just in case the original beneficiary dies first. Wikipedia gives this as a definition: "In philosophy and logic, contingency is the status of propositions that are not necessarily true or necessarily false."
From Miriam Webster: 1: the quality or state of being contingent2: a contingent event or condition: as a: an event (as an emergency) that may but is not certain to occur
b: something liable to happen as an adjunct to or result of something else
We were attacked on September 11, 2001. We were not at war. 19 men decided followed Osama bin Laden's instructions and crashed 4 airplanes. 2 into the World Trade Center, 1 into the Pentagon and the fourth was headed for either the Capitol or the White House but due to some heroic actions by American citizens, was instead crashed into a field in Pennsylvania. These were terrorists, operating under the direction of Osama bin Laden.
bin Laden had said in the past, during the fighting in Somalia in the 90's, that Americans didn't have the stomach to handle their terrorist activities. The Obama administration is making great strides in turning bin Laden into an accurate prophet.
When Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941, the Japanese attacked the military. When we were attacked on September 11, 2001 citizens were attacked. On the planes and on the ground. Pearl Harbor was an act of war by another country. Sept. 11 was an act of terror perpetrated by terrorists on the American public.
This is and has been a war on terror and will continue to be a war on terror. They want to kill Americans. Not just American soldiers, but American people. The reward for the terrorists that give their lives for their cause think they are going to get 72 virgins in paradise for their actions. Will Obama now change that as well to "three score and 12 uninvaded female gender"?
Will Obama next want to enter into negotiations with bin Laden to attempt to put an end to the attacks?
Obama may not consider this a war, but the terrorists do consider it a war. If Obama is going to start treating terrorists like they've violated the traffic laws in this country, it's going to be a much longer war.
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