That’s the headline on Dana Priest’s Washington Post story today, and it is one to clip and save. Priest doesn’t pick the headlines, of course, but the idea that it was “Bush’s ‘war,” or that it is at an end is an extraordinary assertions made by an admittedly still-swooning-over-President-Obama MSM.
America’s war on Islamist jihadists goes on, of course, and the Priest headline should be more than a little embarrassing to the paper given the late-breaking headline on the Post’s site at this hour: “Suspected U.S. Missile Strikes Kill at Least 20 in Pakistan. Attacks in Northwest Border Province Are First Since Obama’s Inauguration.”
President Obama and his team are now responsible for the nation’s defense, and with that responsibility goes the awful burden of not only protecting America but of having to take innocent lives in the process. President Obama spent a lot of yesterday telling us how he would not wage the war, but today he is most certainly waging it with a ferocity that far outstrips the worst of the “enhanced interrogation” techniques he and his supporters have been denouncing.
I’ll be discussing the Post story and its obvious absurdity juxtaposed to the news of continuing warfare on “Hannity” tonight. But perhaps not even stories like today’s word of the ongoing battle on the border of Afghanistan and Pakistan will shake the convictions of the left that the war was a giant fraud worked on the American people by the departed Bush. It may be too much to hope for, but the reality of the war raging against the West will be harder and harder to avoid now that President Obama is the Commander-in-Chief.
The commentary on the announcements concerning Gitmo and interrogation has been surreal, a collective, willful denial of the reality of the war. President Obama is betting that he can keep the U.S. homeland as safe as Bush has with different tactics. Let’s pray he is right. It is one enormous gamble.
For background on The War Against the West, read the book and check in at ThreatsWatch.com or CounterterrorismBlog.org. The war isn’t over or close to it, and it is dangerous to suggest that it is, though President Bush has left the contry far safer than when he took over its stewardship.