Actually the first foreign foes the US faced were somewhat similar to the jihadis, namely Barbary pirates and later piratical marauders in the Caribbean using letters of marque (shhhh don't tell the Libertarians) from various Latin American groups revolting against Spain. All the same gray area messiness and treacherous conduct by foreign states who were happy to profit from piracy or were willing to succor pirates and let them attack a 'weak' state such as the new USA was present.that we face with the jihadis was present. The US government never developed a coordinated policy to handle these raiders. However, when Jefferson and later Madison (after the end of the War of 18120 directed strong naval forces to deal with Barbary pirates these sea rovers desisted in attacking American vessels.
However, when Jefferson and later Madison (after the end of the War of 18120 directed strong naval forces to deal with Barbary pirates these sea rovers desisted in attacking American vessels.
Yes, but there were no attacks within our borders were there? I'm honestly asking. Most were attacks on the high seas, something that military forces could respond to, without infringing on civil liberties within our borders. I think that what we have going on here is at least slightly different, and not so easily remedied.
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