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End the war on terror and save billions
The Washington Post ^ | 6 December 2012 | Fareed Zakaria

Posted on 12/06/2012 8:07:13 PM PST by MinorityRepublican

As we debate whether the two parties can ever come together and get things done, here’s something President Obama could probably do by himself that would be a signal accomplishment of his presidency: End the war on terror. Or, more realistically, start planning and preparing the country for phasing it out.

For 11 years, the United States has been operating under emergency wartime powers granted under the 2001 “Authorization for Use of Military Force.” That is a longer period than the country spent fighting the Civil War, World War I and World War II combined. It grants the president and the federal government extraordinary authorities at home and abroad, effectively suspends civil liberties for anyone the government deems an enemy and keeps us on a permanent war footing in all kinds of ways.

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TOPICS: War on Terror
KEYWORDS: fareedzakaria; surrendermonkey; waronterror
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1 posted on 12/06/2012 8:07:15 PM PST by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

Great!

Now we just to figure out what else to cut to save $995 billion dollars.


2 posted on 12/06/2012 8:09:46 PM PST by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Zakaria propagandizing for the enemy again. How many Tokyo Roses are in our press nowadays?


3 posted on 12/06/2012 8:10:00 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Yep. And it is people like him that scream the loudest, longest, and most indignantly when Americans die in a surprise attack.

Oh, I forgot. That only happens when someone like Reagan or Bush are in office.


4 posted on 12/06/2012 8:14:55 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Doesn’t this clown realize that radical Islam on the other side of this war is not going to stop? It is a war about civilizations. The 9th century versus the 21th century.


5 posted on 12/06/2012 8:15:53 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: MinorityRepublican

Zakaria made more sense when he plagiarized.


6 posted on 12/06/2012 8:17:08 PM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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To: rlmorel

Yes indeed. The silence nowadays is just deafening, on that issue . . .


7 posted on 12/06/2012 8:18:00 PM PST by Olog-hai
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To: MinorityRepublican

I assume that Fareed is college educated.
Does he know what exponential notation is?


8 posted on 12/06/2012 8:18:38 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Jonty30
“Now we just to figure out what else to cut to save $995 billion dollars.”

For starters, eliminate the EPA, Dept. of Education, energy dept., HUD, and any other unconstitutional commissions and FIRE EVERYONE THAT WORKS FOR THEM!!!!

9 posted on 12/06/2012 8:19:40 PM PST by dalereed
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To: MinorityRepublican

I personally don’t see the point anymore when it would be a lot cheaper to keep them out of America and let them go back to killing each other.

As it is we face as much danger from our “allies” in the mideast as we do the enemy.


10 posted on 12/06/2012 8:21:20 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

It shouldn’t be called war on terror, sorry but´s that’s just typical political correctness, we are a war with Islam, and yes we need a war on Islam.

I agree 100% with Lt. Col. Matthew A. Dooley on how to fight with Islam, Total war and use nukes on major muslim citys.


11 posted on 12/06/2012 8:22:02 PM PST by The Right wing Infidel
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To: Parley Baer

“Doesn’t this clown realize that radical Islam on the other side of this war is not going to stop?”

What Homeland Security does doesn’t deter them one bit, what they try to do is totally worthless!!


12 posted on 12/06/2012 8:22:23 PM PST by dalereed
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To: MinorityRepublican
Gee, what a shock Fareed would say that. Not.
13 posted on 12/06/2012 8:22:43 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Since many or maybe everyone has never heard of him, I looked him up. The author proclaims on his website that:

“Fareed Zakaria hosts CNN’s flagship foreign affairs show, is Editor-at-Large of TIME Magazine, a Washington Post columnist, and a New York Times bestselling author. Esquire Magazine called him “the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation.”


and his site includes some fairly well-written articles that distort things rather severely insofar as America (and some other important matters) are concerned. If he is so “influential” then we are in trouble...


14 posted on 12/06/2012 8:23:59 PM PST by faithhopecharity (--)
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To: faithhopecharity

remember that picture of Obama holding that book, something about a Post-America World??

Guess who wrote it?


15 posted on 12/06/2012 8:28:06 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: The Right wing Infidel

We need to win so they fear us or get the hell out.

If we can’t declare full victory after a decade, then we’ve lost, period.

At the rate we’re going, we’ll have soldiers over there saying “My great granddad built this base”.


16 posted on 12/06/2012 8:28:32 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Make to tell the muzzies the war on terror is over. They will need to be reminded.


17 posted on 12/06/2012 8:30:45 PM PST by Wiggins
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To: MinorityRepublican

We could start saving money by not subsidizing the defense of Europe, Japan and Korea. Let them pay for it.


18 posted on 12/06/2012 8:31:22 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: dalereed

Seems like our founders had some feelings about oppression under the guise of fighting a foreign enemy.


19 posted on 12/06/2012 8:31:33 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: MinorityRepublican
End the war on terror.

Yes, let's rename it: "The War on Moslem Countries" and let the nuking commence in 15 minutes.

20 posted on 12/06/2012 8:32:07 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month)
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To: Wiggins

Make sure to tell the muzzies the war on terror is over. They will need to be reminded.


21 posted on 12/06/2012 8:32:07 PM PST by Wiggins
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To: MinorityRepublican

When the terrorists in Palestine start a war, get their butts handed to them, then sue for peace, what happens?
THE TERRORISTS UPGRADE THEIR WEAPONS OF WAR AND STOCKPILE AMMO IN PREPARATION FOR THE NEXT TIME.

If the U.S. stops its “war on terror,” what will happen?
ANYONE? ANYONE? BUEHLER?


22 posted on 12/06/2012 8:33:59 PM PST by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Fareed Zakaria of course, although it could have been any of the fake conservatives of the paleo variety. Thanks MinorityRepublican.


23 posted on 12/06/2012 8:36:41 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: MinorityRepublican
Zakaria is a muzzy insurgent infiltrator...
.. With no demonstrable allegiance to the USA
24 posted on 12/06/2012 8:39:08 PM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Why not end the WaPo and save papers & trees?


25 posted on 12/06/2012 8:39:20 PM PST by granada
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To: cripplecreek
Actually, the Reconquista in Spain took about 700 years ~ give or take a few decades.

There are Moslems around who imagine it is their turn to push back the Christians ~ of course they are nuts. They take their stuff too far and it'll be glass parking lots all over the Middle East before its over.

26 posted on 12/06/2012 8:40:27 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: ROCKLOBSTER


Yes, let’s rename it: “The War on Moslem Countries” and let the nuking commence in 15 minutes. “

That would be like Christmas coming early.


27 posted on 12/06/2012 8:40:48 PM PST by The Right wing Infidel
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To: cripplecreek

I can say, of course, my 17th, 18th, ............. 35th into the mists of time Great Grandfather’s started the Reconquista! They built Spain out of nothing.


28 posted on 12/06/2012 8:42:37 PM PST by muawiyah
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To: MinorityRepublican

I vote we loot everything we can in Afghanistan and then leave. Perhaps leave a nuclear bomb buried very deep in some key locations. Next time they act up .... BAM! Heck, even bring back some of their prettier women and leave the ones *you want” wearing burqas. LEave them the sheep and the ugly women.

In fact, this should be our new military Doctrine. Loot’n leave, or perhaps Smash’n grab.


29 posted on 12/06/2012 8:48:27 PM PST by Usagi_yo
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To: MinorityRepublican
We are under attack by an enemy who will not give up until the United States is defeated and destroyed or they are. I never cease to be amazed by the failure of so many of all political persuasions to grasp this simple fact....
30 posted on 12/06/2012 8:50:35 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: Wings-n-Wind

Bingo!


31 posted on 12/06/2012 8:51:01 PM PST by penelopesire (TIME FOR OBAMA TO ANSWER FOR BENGHAZI UNDER OATH!!)
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To: Usagi_yo

Pull all our forces from around the world. Then the terrorists can get 6 or 8 Yachts or subs, and detonate nucs, 3 on the west coast (San Fran, LA, Seattle) 400 feet deep, with wind out of the west to make most of the West coast radioactive. Simultaneous to that get NY, Boston, DC, and the Carolinas when Sandy comes back.

So we can use our troops to keep the US citizens under control.

Yeah, that will do it/s


32 posted on 12/06/2012 8:55:09 PM PST by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: Jonty30

Outlaw liberalism and save trillions!


33 posted on 12/06/2012 8:57:22 PM PST by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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To: GeronL

Ohshit. Thanks. We’d all better get used to a post-Americsa world (islamic caliphate), given we just re-elected u know who.


34 posted on 12/06/2012 9:02:28 PM PST by faithhopecharity (--)
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To: MinorityRepublican

End the war on terror. I’ll bet Fareed Zakaria would really like that.


35 posted on 12/06/2012 9:04:53 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Don't tax me bro! Tax that guy over there!)
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To: faithhopecharity

That pic use to be posted on FR all the time, the President listens to this guy


36 posted on 12/06/2012 9:08:34 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: GeronL

Koran, commie manifesto, saul alinsky, and farzeed. We are so screwed!


37 posted on 12/06/2012 9:17:40 PM PST by faithhopecharity (--)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Win the War On Terror and save millions...of lives.


38 posted on 12/06/2012 9:30:18 PM PST by onedoug
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To: MinorityRepublican

wonder where he plagiarized this column from?


39 posted on 12/06/2012 9:30:36 PM PST by dervish (either the vote was corrupt or the electorate is)
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To: mylife; MinorityRepublican
I don't.

But I do know that it is taken as an article of faith here in Germany by my neighbors, in an unmistakable, "we told you so" tone, that we have gravely damaged ourselves by our experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. I was originally a supporter those wars and have come to regret that position.

It is difficult for me to see how squandering $1 trillion has made us safer from the next 19 fanatics with box cutters. It is easy for me to see how our finances have been further damaged. It is easy for me to see how potentially dangerous it is to our liberties to submit to domestic surveillance. It is even easier to see how dangerous it is for this particular President of the United States to be vested with the potential power to incarcerate without trial and even to murder Americans with impunity.

It is also easy for me to see how boots on the ground for long periods of occupation is a strategy which could be pleasing only to the ghost of Osama bin Laden. I cannot imagine a more happy sequel to 9/11 for Obama than to see America squander its blood, treasure, and goodwill into the Sands of Iraq and Afghanistan to no lasting positive effect in the war on terror.

That is not to say that there is no occasion in which we might wage war. Our real enemy since before 9/11 was and remains Iran. Today, as these two wars wind down with very little to show on the positive side of the column and a huge debt that will go on for generations to be seen on the negative side of the column, Iran is stronger than ever, a caliphate is being born before our eyes extending from the Chinese border to the Atlantic shores of Africa, Iran is about to acquire the bomb essentially unimpeded, and the specter of weapons of mass destruction is not limited to Iran but they are now the very real reality in Syria. We have tried to win the war on terror, which is an asymmetrical war, by waging conventional war. That is a self-defeating strategy. That must stop.

We have also fought the war against terror as an intelligence war and in that we have largely succeeded, that must continue.

We have justified the war against Iraq as a war to prevent the bad guys from getting weapons of mass destruction. The principal was sound but the application was misplaced. The problem is, our emphasis on Iraq was wrong from the beginning and has now made it possible for a demagogue like Obama to acquiesce in Iran getting the bomb. It now appears that sarin gas will be potentially loosed on the world from whoever succeeds to power there. Both of these events would be calamities to the security of the United States. These are fronts on the war on terror which we must fight and win.

The war on terror is certainly not over, we are losing not winning. Part of the war on terror requires us to conserve our resources, including our blood as well as our treasure, to win the crucial battles. We have violated the first principle of warfare in Iraq and by our attempt to nation build in Afghanistan. Do we have enough treasure left to deal with Iran and Syria?

Do we have the political will, or have we poured that in the sands of Iraq and Afghanistan too ?


40 posted on 12/06/2012 9:48:54 PM PST by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: Jonty30

You mean $100 trillion+


41 posted on 12/06/2012 10:09:55 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: The Right wing Infidel

You are insane.


42 posted on 12/06/2012 10:11:27 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Jonty30

End the War on Poverty. End the war on drugs.


43 posted on 12/07/2012 2:31:28 AM PST by winkadink (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act. George Orwell)
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To: Tublecane
There are plenty of advocates for re-establishing the Ottoman Empire around ~ and some of them imagine that we are the successor state to the Hapsburgs and Brits ~ the folks who beat them into the ground.

That means they intend to use whatever weapons they can to get it back. So, no, he's not insane ~ just practical.

44 posted on 12/07/2012 3:13:57 AM PST by muawiyah
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To: MinorityRepublican

I thought he had ended the war on terror - Al-Quedai was crushed into oblivion long ago, when Muzzies blow up stuff on our soil, it is not terror, but some sort of grievance being carried out as a “natural reaction” to what ever grieved the person. Where does the Muzzie author see any signs of a WOT?


45 posted on 12/07/2012 3:29:40 AM PST by trebb (Allies no longer trust us. Enemies no longer fear us.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Time to dismantled Homeland Insecurity, too, fire all the TSA robots, put an end to domestic drones, outlaw imprisonment without trial - for ANYONE anywhere, and reduce the IRS budget by 20%.


46 posted on 12/07/2012 3:43:44 AM PST by gotribe
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To: The Right wing Infidel
Apparently conservatives approve of the Zapp Brannigan plan.

Now, like all great plans, my strategy is so simple an idiot could have devised it. On my command all ships will line up and file directly into the alien death cannons, clogging them with wreckage.

-Zapp Brannigan
47 posted on 12/07/2012 4:35:34 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: cripplecreek

Idiot Fareed gets this right, The Big Fake War on “Terror” has been a failure as it morphed into trying to spread the BS of “Democracy” to 3rd world Islam. BS when the Rino Globalist like GWBush-Trotsky does it or when NWO Bolshevik Obama does it. Get the hell out of the ME, S. Korea, NATO, Africa, etc.


48 posted on 12/07/2012 4:45:14 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: MinorityRepublican

Whatthehell................Give Barry a break!

HE’S SURRENDERING AS FAST AS HE CAN!


49 posted on 12/07/2012 4:47:31 AM PST by Flintlock (PARANOIA--means having all the facts.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Whatthehell................Give Barry a break!

HE’S SURRENDERING AS FAST AS HE CAN!


50 posted on 12/07/2012 4:47:46 AM PST by Flintlock (PARANOIA--means having all the facts.)
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