In a complete 180, some say 360 reverting back to the promises made on the campaign trail, Obama talked tough on terrorism today. Obama with a pitch count of three strikes and no balls in his discontinued war on terror, took a swing at a curve ball and accepted blame for the current lax and disorganized effort of late while on his watch, and promised change.
Although the Presidents speech did inferred a break down in “intelligence dissimulation” would be addressed, he split the blame 50 cents Obama, the other 50 being thrown in the direction of the intelligence agencies tasked with our safety, stopping the “buck/blame” equally between the two.
Today’s statement was an about face in that Obama framed his comments directed at the one area of doubt that has empowered the “evildoers”, “we are at war, this is not a crime wave”. Now terrorist (if we can call them that) can be viewed as enemy combatants, and will be treated as such, certainly a new stance for the fledgling President.
The danger with the “other cheek” strategy is that it can lead to overkill. In an effort to establish the resolve of the Obama stance increased restrictions, policies and costs are sure to follow, it’s this administrations way. While this new tough stance might increase our well being, question is at what cost, The Patriot Act, Act II?
Some are of the opinion that further work needs to be done, specifically reconstituting the moral at the CIA and other military establishments who have been targeted as the scapegoat for Obama’s team over the last twelve months. While the Obama administration attempted their terrorist friendly approach, the agencies in charge of keeping us safe faced daily political attacks, career threats, and potential law suits, a clear sign by Obama’s handlers that now they were in charge, and let them know it.
Terrorism by definition; “the unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments”, was successfully carried out Christmas day 2009. Terrorism is not going away, we all will be touched by it’s success for years to come, the trillion dollar question becomes; what freedoms are we willing to give up to feel safe, and is safe ever achievable?
It’s a perfect time to be a fatalist and a free one at that!
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