Mission Accomplished

Normal is the new enemy.

Pamela Geller

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Eight years after war was declared on the US, and the most heinous attack was launched on American soil, the
Merely an "overseas contingency operation". How wonderful.
war has been won (according to President Barack Hussein Obama). Done. Over. Does not exist. No need to call it the War on Terror - so says Obama. Now it is merely an "overseas contingency operation". How wonderful.

Islamists that once posed a threat now serve at the pleasure of the President. Staunch allies in the war against the jihad are no longer relevant or necessary. They have become our adversaries - Obama believes our security lies with Islamic allies.

Homeland security is refocusing its efforts on domestic threats. Proud Jews like me ("Jewish extremists"), veterans (the malleable variety), Tea Party activists, and other assorted Americans are to be feared, monitored, silenced. Normal is the new enemy. Reason and rational, the reviled.

Frankly, it appears to me that the Department of Homeland Security ought to be dismantled. It was established to fight Islam's war on the USA. According to the Obama administration, this is no longer a threat, so why not shut it down and save taxpayers an enormous amount of money?

Obama halted the program in New York to detect biological attacks. And if we are closing Gitmo, and these killers no longer pose a threat to our national security, then why stop there? Further deep cost cutting measures should be taken at once. Dismantle the bloated TSA. Little old ladies need not be harassed and harangued at airports anymore. Americans will not have to spend untold hours on line having their moisturizers and lotions and cosmetics confiscated to the coffers of lucky DSA employees (ah, how many bottles of Eau de Italia have I surrendered).

But most importantly, let's give President George W. Bush his due. He won the war, eh? Who could forget the terror that was struck in the hearts of every American on 9/11? Abject terror. The horror. As a New Yorker, I will never forget the stench of molten steel, plastic, paper and human flesh that hung in the air over Manhattan for months and the spontaneous memorials that popped up on street corners in and around New York City. In neighborhoods surrounding my Long Island community alone, we lost 344 Americans. And there were great Americans who gave their lives on Flight 93, and succeeded in sparing the capital of unthinkable carnage and death.

Worse still, for days, weeks, months afterwards, we waited for what we knew in our bones was coming. More Islamic attacks. What American reading this can forget looking over their shoulder thinking: Who, what where will be next? Anthrax! How anxious we were to destroy those who attacked us.

Never again!

But President Bush took a steady, strategic approach. One I agreed with, and still do, even if the country has abandoned the Bush doctrine. The first political editorial I ever wrote was "The Case for War", which appeared in my local newspaper in October of 2004. I stand by it despite the enemy within America that sought to demonize that valiant effort. Bush took a sober approach, going to Congress and then to a United Nations largely driven by the Organization of the Islamic Conference, and he got the votes to defend America.

When Bush stood under the banner "mission accomplished" he was wildly derided (despite the fact that the mission of overthrowing Saddam Hussein was indeed accomplished). But now, with the vision and privilege of
I, for one, do not believe this war is over. I believe it has just begun.
hindsight and Obama's recent proclamations, the larger mission of defeating the enemy was indeed accomplished.

Support for Bush's strategy to win was a matter of great debate, particularly among those in America who inherently dislike America. And everyone is entitled to their opinion, but at the end of the day, Bush kept us safe. Bush busted the enemy. Bush went after the jihad in America and eight years later, we elected a radical Alinskyite. Could such a thing have been possible without Bush winning the war?

Now I, for one, do not believe this war is over. I believe it has just begun. Islamic jihad is fresh off the bloody spoils of Obama's capitulation and appeasement, accompanied by the surrender of Europe. That, I am sure, makes me a domestic terror threat. But it's just an opinion, fellas. You can't bust me for that - or can you?