Friday, January 1, 2010

U.S. policy and the 'war on terror'

As usual, Charles Krauthammer says it best. Here's his take on what's wrong with administration policy on the no-longer-acknowledged 'war on terror.' It's not just that Napolitano thinks the system is working, or that Obama refuses to use the word 'jihadist;' it's the consequences of that mindset:

"The logic is perverse. If we find Abdulmutallab in an al-Qaeda training camp in Yemen, where he is merely preparing for a terror attack, we snuff him out with a Predator -- no judge, no jury, no qualms. But if we catch him in the United States in the very act of mass murder, he instantly acquires protection not just from execution by drone but even from interrogation."

As Krauthammer says, "Obama may have declared the war over. Unfortunately al-Qaeda has not. Which gives new meaning to the term 'asymmetric warfare.'"

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