Attorney General Eric Holder Sunday acknowledged that the United States is in a “war” against terror, just about a year and a half after President Obama declared the war over.
It was May 23, 2013 when the president arrived at the National Defense University in Washington to say it was time to put all this talk of war to rest:
Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue, but this war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises; that’s what our democracy demands . . . We must define our effort not as a boundless”‘Global War on Terror,” but rather as a series of persistent, targeted efforts to dismantle specific networks of violent extremists that threaten America
Sunday, Holder suggested those statements were no longer operative. The war, it appears, is on again!
Holder acknowledged the war on terror while he was busy dodging questions on two Sunday talk shows about whether we were fighting Islamist terrorists. Which is too bad because we’re fighting . . . Islamist terrorists.
“Well, I would say we are at war with terrorists who commit these heinous acts and who…use Islam. They use a corrupted version of Islam to justify their actions,” he said on one show.
“Well, I certainly think that we are at war with those who would commit terrorist attacks and who would corrupt the Islamic faith in the way that they do, to try to justify their terrorist actions,” he said on another.
Have a look.
This is not just semantics.
A war requires a comprehensive strategy, constant attention, and a high level of commitment. “Persistent, targeted efforts” require monitoring, sporadic activity, and donuts.
Now here’s something I didn’t think I’d be saying today: Thank you, Eric Holder.