Ever since President Obama took office, he and his Administration have gone to great pains to avoid using the words “terror” and “terrorism.”
Upon taking office, President Obama sought to reset our nation’s entire strategy when dealing with terrorist threats. He began by acting almost in a state of denial where the words “terror” or “war on terror” were never used. Members of his administration also were careful to give the impression that the fight to end this war is somehow over or at least quickly coming to an end.
With that, he and Administration officials began calling military activities defined by the Bush administration as our nations’ fight in the War on Terror as “overseas contingency operations.” During the last election cycle, the president and his team seemed to suggest that for the most part the “war which dare not speak its name” was thankfully close to over. Going forward, we could assume that if a threat was discovered, it would be handled with drone strikes.
As citizens, we were somehow supposed to believe that this whole enterprise was akin to using massive amounts of chemicals to eradicate a roach infestation in your home, but once you exterminated the majority of them, the rest of the job could be easily taken care of with a can of Raid.
The saddest example of upholding this Administration policy is the case of the Ft. Hood shooting. To this day, Administration officials categorize that event as “workplace violence” thus denying the survivors benefits they’re entitled to if the whole episode is properly reclassified as an act of terror.
A week ago, when the chilling fact of the Boston Marathon bombing was ongoing, Obama stepped before the microphones and appeared to continue the Administration’s terrorism policy. By Friday, however, when the nature of the act was clear and the suspects killed or captured, he seemed to somewhat abandon that posture. In his remarks immediately after the capture of the last known suspect, he said, “We will investigate any associations that these terrorists may have had.” Later, he added, “They failed because, as Americans, we refused to be terrorized.”
It was a hopeful sign to hear the president finally use these words and accept the situation for what it is.
Obviously, we didn’t invite a war to be waged against us of this nature, but it is. To fail to recognize that and not to act accordingly would be akin to President Franklin D. Roosevelt trying to somehow characterize the bombing of Pearl Harbor as an unfortunate incident of Japanese aggression instead of a “day which will live in infamy.”
Hopefully, the president will follow his words with a sincere call to action by our people. In
New York City, there is the maxim “if you see something . . . say something.” We need to all follow that call to action because it’s the only way we’ll win a war we didn’t ask for but which is clearly being waged against us.