The problem with terrorists is they don’t ever want to vote for you.
They want to kill you.
Terrorists don’t want to listen to pretty speeches and they are only interested in pictures of your wife and kids if they can find them and torture them.
So maybe Barack Obama, despite all the happy talk about closing Gitmo, is starting to get something about terrorism: a word almost verboten in his Administration.
He would be best to call a spade a spade and get on with it. Except use of the word spade probably won’t get past the political correctness police.
The Obama administration said Friday that it would appeal a district court ruling that granted some military prisoners in Afghanistan the right to file lawsuits seeking their release. The decision signaled that the administration was not backing down in its effort to maintain the power to imprison terrorism suspects for extended periods without judicial oversight.
Seven and a half years after U.S. troops arrived in Afghanistan following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the war there is more deadly — and more muddled — than ever. When American troops first went to Afghanistan, they did so to overthrow the Taliban regime, which then ruled the nation and provided a haven for al-Qaeda. In less than three months, the Taliban was defeated, and a U.S.-supported administration, headed by President Hamid Karzai, was installed in Kabul. Yet in 2009, the U.S. is still fighting the Taliban, and al-Qaeda operatives are still plotting from Afghanistan. And one part of the region’s deadly muddle has gotten worse. In 2001 there were fears that the war in Afghanistan would destabilize Pakistan. (The Pashtun ethnic group, which makes up a large part of the Taliban insurgency, straddles the border between the two countries.) Those fears are now reality; the Pakistani Taliban threatens nuclear-armed Pakistan’s viability as a state even more than its cousins jeopardize Afghanistan’s.
It is because the war in Afghanistan threatens to destabilize an entire region that it has become America’s biggest foreign policy challenge. On Feb. 18, President Obama committed an additional 17,000 troops to Afghanistan; when they all arrive, there will be about 55,000 troops there from the U.S., plus 37,000 from its allies. The latest Afghan war is now Obama’s war.