Skip to comments.Victory Parades (Oliver North)
Posted on 04/27/2012 8:47:46 AM PDT by jazusamo
GEORGETOWN, S.C. Sixty-seven years ago this week, U.S. and Allied forces were racing across Germany and uncovering the deepest horrors of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Liberated death camps and extermination centers where millions perished were evidence of a brutal Holocaust perpetrated in the Führer's "Final Solution." On April 28, 1945, Hitler's erstwhile ally, Benito Mussolini, was captured by Italian partisans and summarily executed as he tried to flee to Switzerland. Less than 48 hours later, Hitler, cowering in his bunker beneath Berlin, committed suicide. Eight days after that, Germany surrendered ending the bloodiest war in European history. By the second week of May, with combat still raging in the Pacific, tens of thousands of American troops were en route home from Europe for victory parades.
Thirty-seven years ago this week, North Vietnamese armor units closed in on Saigon, the capital of South Vietnam. Shortly after dawn on April 30, 1975, a U.S. Marine CH-46 helicopter lifted off the roof of the U.S. Embassy in "Operation Frequent Wind" in a last desperate effort to evacuate U.S. citizens from the city before it fell to Ho Chi Minh's invaders. The fall of Saigon ended the Vietnam War, but the only victory parades for those who fought there were held in Hanoi. The U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who battled in Vietnam for more than a decade were welcomed home quietly by their families and comrades but few of their countrymen bothered to even thank them for their service and sacrifice.
Now it appears that another war has ended without a victory parade. According to an article this week in the National Journal, an unnamed "senior State Department official" has declared that "the war on terror is over." This bold proclamation was amplified by a stunning claim that the Arab Spring has been a great success: "Now that we have killed most of al-Qaida, now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al-Qaida see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism."
This must come as welcome news to members of al-Shabab, Abu Sayyaf, Jemaah Islamiyah, Hamas, Hezbollah, Boko Haram, the Taliban, the Haqqani network and the 38 other violent radical Islamist groups already on the State Department's list of designated foreign terrorist organizations. Knowing that the "war on terror is over" must also be a relief to the ayatollahs in Tehran, Iran, and the brutal regime of Omar Hassan al-Bashir in Khartoum, Sudan. One can only hope the word gets out soon about the war on terror's being over so radical Islamists planting improvised explosive devices to blow up our Marines in Afghanistan's Helmand province and those ambushing our 10th Mountain Division soldiers in the shadows of the Hindu Kush will stop plying their deadly trade and just celebrate.
Unfortunately, the war on terror isn't over. The White House tried to "clarify" the State Department's ludicrous claim but as usual, it got it wrong. After the National Journal piece hit the wires, White House spokesman Tommy Vietor insisted: "We absolutely have never said our war against al-Qaida is over. We are prosecuting that war at an unprecedented pace."
And therein is the problem. The Obama administration cannot seem to figure out who our enemies really are. The once global terror organization known as al-Qaida is indeed just a shell of what it was when we were attacked on 9/11. The group has been decapitated and badly damaged. Osama bin Laden's successor, Ayman al-Zawahri, is so deep in hiding he cannot order a new pair of socks without fear of a Reaper or Predator dropping a Hellfire missile on his head.
Al-Qaida is just one of more than 80 hyper-violent radical Islamist organizations committing acts of terrorism around the world today. Al-Qaida could disappear tomorrow, but the war being waged against the West by radical Islamists wouldn't be over. American civilians still would be their No. 1 target. That's why Obama's pledge to "end these wars responsibly" by 2014 makes no sense.
Whether our president realizes it or not, radical Islamic militants from the islands of the South Pacific to Africa's Sahel are committed to their jihad. Those ruling in Iran while they rush to build nuclear weapons aren't deterred by flowery rhetoric from a Nobel laureate or "sanctions" from the U.N. Neither are the radical Islamists who are striving for power in Egypt, Syria, Yemen and the "stans" as they terrorize Muslims and Christians alike.
The words "win" and "triumph" are rarely heard in Washington today. That means a victory parade for the young Americans who have been fighting this war for more than a decade is unlikely. Before declaring that this war is "over," the O-Team ought to recall the words of Ronald Reagan: "There's no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there's only one guaranteed way you can have peace and you can have it in the next second: surrender."
And apparently we lost.
If the “War on Terror” is over, it’s because Zero doesn’t want to fight terrorism/terrorists. Marxists rarely do, because they, themselves, are terrorists, and terror is useful to them.
Thanks for the ping jaz.
B B But the anointed one has spoken. That makes it fact. /sarc
Obama will take direct credit for all of this just as he is using BJ Clinton to shill for him in a campaign commercial saying the Obama killed Bin Laden single handedly.
Obamas Gutsy Bin Laden Call
April 27, 2012
By Lonely Conservative
Bill Clinton the man who let Osama Bin Laden get away appeared in a new Obama campaign ad saying that if Mitt Romney was president Bin Laden would still be alive. (As a side note, during the 2008 primary Obama accused Clinton of using Bin Laden to score political points.) So, its kind of funny that on the same day the ad came out a memo was uncovered documenting Obamas gutsy call.
Bill Clinton Praises Pres. Obama for bin Laden Strike (VIDEO)
Elite Afghan soldier kills U.S. special forces mentor
Fri, Apr 27 2012
By Ismail Sameem
KANDAHAR (Reuters) - An elite Afghan soldier shot dead an American mentor and his translator at a U.S. base, Afghan officials said on Friday, in the first rogue shooting blamed on the country’s new and closely vetted special forces.
The soldier opened fire at an American military base on Wednesday in Shah Wali Kot district, in volatile Kandahar province, said General Abdul Hamid, the commander of Afghan army forces in the Taliban’s southern heartland.
“The shooting took place after a verbal conflict where the Afghan special forces soldier opened fire and killed an American special forces member and his translator,” Hamid told Reuters.
At least 18 foreign soldiers have died this year in 11 incidents of so-called green on blue shootings, which are an increasing worry for both NATO and Afghan commanders, eroding trust as Western combat troops look to leave the country in 2014.