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Aftermath ^ | Apr 26, 2013 | Oliver North

Posted on 04/29/2013 6:06:19 AM PDT by kimtom

WASHINGTON -- More than 2,500 years ago, Sun Tzu wrote "The Art of War." In it, the Chinese strategist postulated: "One who knows the enemy and knows himself will not be endangered in a hundred engagements. ... One who knows neither the enemy nor himself will invariably be defeated."

Two millenniums later, Prussian military theorist Carl Philipp Gottfried von Clausewitz wrote a detailed exposition on the principles of warfare. His book "On War" -- published after his death in 1831 -- posits, inter alia, that inadequate, incomplete or incorrect intelligence will inevitably contribute to the "fog of war" and lead to "unexpected developments" that can obscure "the objective" in a conflict.

Unfortunately for us, our elected and appointed leaders in Washington appear to be completely unfamiliar with those two works. In the aftermath of last week's Boston Marathon terror attack, it is clear that those running our federal government -- cocooned in federal buildings protected by high-tech security, metal detectors, bag searches, mail sensors and armed guards and convoyed to and fro in motorcades of armored limousines -- know neither our enemy nor what we need to do about it. It's not a new phenomenon. It's just getting worse.

Thirty years ago this week, suicide bombers used car bombs to blow up the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, killing 63, including 17 Americans. In October 1983, a suicidal terrorist succeeded in detonating a truckload of explosives inside the U.S. Marine barracks near the Beirut airport. At the time, the word "jihad" and the phrase "radical Islamists" rarely were mentioned. Most of us in the counterterrorism business b .............

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: bostonbombing; islam; olivernorth; theory; war; waronterror
We will lose if we do not understand our enemy..... and I don't mean invite them to tea.......
1 posted on 04/29/2013 6:06:19 AM PDT by kimtom
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Kill them all and let God sort them out. Everything. Some cultures only understand massive, prejudiced, brute force, not politically correct directed targeting.

2 posted on 04/29/2013 6:13:00 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to

3 posted on 04/29/2013 6:15:49 AM PDT by kimtom (USA ; Freedom is not Free)
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... with more than 4,000 Americans dead -- there is no excuse for such willful ignorance. Radical Islamists are still at war with us -- and still killing Americans. Unless our government accepts that fact, more Americans are likely to die at the hands of those waging jihad against us.

People don't 'get it' because Obama is using 'Homeland Security' as his personal 'political secret police'...

Homeland Security knows more about Obama's political enemies than they do about Radical Muslims - the people who want to kill us...

4 posted on 04/29/2013 6:17:48 AM PDT by GOPJ (The screed of so-called journalists: 'If it doesn't fit, you must omit.' - - freeper Vigilanteman)
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“...Homeland Security knows more about Obama’s political enemies...”

And the dupes joining these ranks (Fed-Org) are either ignorant (young)
or willing to kill (because in an official capacity, they are not accountable)

WOE to them if the Rebels when the war....remember the Bastille!!!!

5 posted on 04/29/2013 6:37:37 AM PDT by kimtom (USA ; Freedom is not Free)
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massive, prejudiced, brute force,

I've always said that the Middle East is VERY lucky that I wasn't president after 9/11.

First, nuke Mecca.

Then call each and every head of state in each of these muslim countries, ONE AT A TIME. Give them 48 hours to kill or capture any and all radicals, seize their accounts, or we nuke them. First country to NOT comply gets it. Second country not to comply gets it. Shouldn't take more than two rounds.

6 posted on 04/29/2013 7:08:05 AM PDT by Big Giant Head
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