How has a “War on Terror” morphed into a “Contingency Operation,” as declared by the Obama Administration in 2009? Contingency of what? Contingency for what? Contingency to maybe fight back?
In 2012 an administration official declared defined “the war on terror is over.” Did some leader from the axis of terror surrender?
If so, when?
Where did it take place?
Did we get a signature?
Did we collect their arms? Have we cut off their ability to resume war?
Eleven years ago an attack by radical Islamic terrorists precipitated offensive American actions in Afghanistan in the following month, October 2001. With less than 100 Special Forces the United States expelled the oppressive ruling Taliban from Afghanistan (Oct 7 – Dec 7, 2001) — the country which had sponsored Osama Bin Ladin’s terror training and planning of the 9/11 attacks killing more than 3,000 innocent Americans, injuring many more, while directly assaulting the command and control center for all American military muscle world-wide, the Pentagon.
Civilians and military personnel alike were the targets of the vicious unprovoked attack.
The enemy offered their clear objective and placed no timetable on it. From a video taped message by Osama bin Ladin in 1998 these words clarify the objective:
“By God’s grace,” bin Laden says on the tape, “we have formed with many other Islamic groups and organizations in the Islamic world a front called the International Islamic Front to do jihad against the crusaders and Jews. And by God’s grace,” he says at another point in the tape, “the men … are going to have a successful result in killing Americans and getting rid of them.”
We most clearly and definitely were at war. We knew who declared war then, and we responded force upon force. We called it a “War on Terror.”
The definition for the war was given by then the Commander In Chief, George W. Bush.
On September 20, 2001 the President articulated to Congress and the American people what this war was about, who began it, and how it must end. Excepts from his speech follow:
PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH SPEECH:
“Tonight we are a country awakened to danger and called to defend freedom. Our grief has turned to anger and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice or bring justice to our enemies, justice will be done.
“On September 11th, enemies of freedom committed an act of war against our country. Americans have known wars, but for the past 136 years, they have been wars on foreign soil, except for one Sunday in 1941. Americans have known the casualties of war, but not at the center of a great city on a peaceful morning. Americans have known surprise attacks but never before on thousands of civilians. All of this was brought upon us in a single day, and night fell on a different world, a world where freedom itself is under attack.
“Americans have many questions tonight. Americans are asking, who attacked our country? The evidence we have gathered all points to a collection of loosely affiliated terrorist organizations known as Al Qaida. They are some of the murderers indicted for bombing American Embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, and responsible for bombing the U.S.S. Cole. Al Qaida is to terror what the Mafia is to crime. But its goal is not making money. Its goal is remaking the world and imposing its radical beliefs on people everywhere.
“The terrorists practice a fringe form of Islamic extremism that has been rejected by Muslim scholars and the vast majority of Muslim clerics, a fringe movement that perverts the peaceful teachings of Islam. The terrorists’ directive commands them to kill Christians and Jews, to kill all Americans, and make no distinctions among military and civilians, including women and children.
“This group and its leader, a person named Usama bin Laden, are linked to many other organizations in different countries, including the Egyptian Islamic Jihad and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan. There are thousands of these terrorists in more than 60 countries. They are recruited from their own nations and neighborhoods and brought to camps in places like Afghanistan, where they are trained in the tactics of terror. They are sent back to their homes or sent to hide in countries around the world to plot evil and destruction.
Ultimatum to the Taliban
“The leadership of Al Qaida has great influence in Afghanistan and supports the Taliban regime in controlling most of that country…
“The United States respects the people of Afghanistan – after all, we are currently its largest source of humanitarian aid – but we condemn the Taliban regime. It is not only repressing its own people; it is threatening people everywhere by sponsoring and sheltering and supplying terrorists. By aiding and abetting murder, the Taliban regime is committing murder.
“Our war on terror begins with Al Qaida”
“The terrorists are traitors to their own faith, trying, in effect, to hijack Islam itself. The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends; it is not our many Arab friends.
“Our enemy is a radical network of terrorists and every government that supports them.
“Our war on terror begins with Al Qaida” President Bush declared. Then he continued, “…but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped, and defeated…”
George W. Bush then declares a sobering reality on the length and scope of the war, a war which the war planners and present administration must have forgotten or conveniently abandoned:
“Our response involves far more than instant retaliation and isolated strikes. Americans should not expect one battle but a lengthy campaign, unlike any other we have ever seen…
“And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. From this day forward, any nation that continues to harbor or support terrorism will be regarded by the United States as a hostile regime.”
The Islamic terrorists worldwide have not stopped their fight against infidels nor have they ceased in their goal for a worldwide Islamic domination. And, according to President Bush, which presumption the American people and our allies bought into wholeheartedly, our enemies would include those that harbor and support them…
If the “War on Terror” has been won, as declared by succeeding President Obama, why are we American citizens still treated like suspects of terror in airports? Why bother with extreme Homeland Security measures and the coordinated counter measures by intelligence agencies and the Department of Defense? Why have we not brought our troops home and celebrated the victory?
It is clear that in the ruling party’s mind “contingencies” are supposed to look like war when convenient but like peace when needed.
Eleven years after being attacked our enemies are still at war with us. They laugh at our “contingencies.”
We need adult leadership in the White House who understand the first duty of the office is to protect and defend the American people. We need a leader who leads from the “front” and not “from behind.” We need leadership the military can respect and we need to allow our military to conduct their core competency–warfare, not nation building, nor Peace Corps and NGO-like duties.
We appear to our enemies like a ship of war without a rudder, with musical chair leadership at the helm; drifting with power, but no compass, only the memories of a distant attack with innocent voices echoing from the dust:
“Do not forget us.”
James Michael Pratt is a New York Times bestselling author of inspirational fiction and non-fiction, editor and owner of Jerusalem Reports, and frequent contributor to Red State and other conservative sites. His personal website includes biographical and other information regarding his work. He can also be found on FACEBOOK and Twiiter.