But it’s not your father’s war anymore.
For example, consider what the Washington Post has to report about the current status of the terrorists who were behind the bombing of the USS Cole.
Remember the USS Cole? Back in the waning days of the Clinton administration, a motorboat full of explosives sidled up to the destroyer while it was refueling in Aden. The terrorists on board the boat blew themselves sky-high, put a huge hole in the side of the Cole, and killed seventeen American sailors.
President Clinton swore that he would hunt down the masterminds behind the attack and bring them to justice. When George W. Bush succeeded him in the Oval Office, he reaffirmed that promise, and further emphasized it after September 11th.
But almost eight years later it turns out that, with the exception of the two Al-Qaeda members who were captured on the battlefield and shipped to Guantanamo, none of the perpetrators remains in prison in Yemen. Those who were incarcerated were either released or “escaped”, some of them several times. In fact, except for a few low-level flunkies, none of the perps ever really did hard time. The high-level masterminds, in collusion with Yemeni intelligence or the government, have never faced more than house arrest, and mostly not even that.
The tough stance that President Bush took towards Yemen in the fall of 2001 has all but disappeared. Between the indifference of the administration, the incompetence of the FBI, and the ineptitude of the State Department, none of the terrorists responsible for killing those American sailors has faced even major inconvenience, much less actual justice.
The attention deficit disorder the administration displays towards the issue is, unfortunately, not confined the Cole incident. Both the terrorists and the ruling thugs of Third World hellholes know that if they just throw us a bit of diplomatic doublespeak, put off the ambassador and the envoys with polite promises, and wait for a couple of years, the crisis will blow over and we go back to business as usual.
In the case of Yemen, you can’t even blame it on the oil, because the country doesn’t have any. The principal products of Yemen are dust, dung, and flies.
Oh yes, and Muslim terrorists. Mustn’t forget them.
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So our ineffectual responses have to be put down to simple incompetence and our habitual way of practicing diplomacy with Third World despotisms — who, by the way, remain “our staunch allies in the War on Terror”.
All this was brought to mind when a reader wrote me this morning with two tips. The first one concerned the video I linked to at the top of this post, and the second one referred to the recent directive issued by our government that requires all agencies to forswear the use of the words “jihad”, “mujahideen”, “Islamic terror”, etc.
I presume most readers have heard about this latter abomination. If not, it’s easy to google up links to the news stories about it. Suffice to say that our own government — the people elected by us and installed in office to respect our Constitution and protect the American people — have decided to do the equivalent of sticking their fingers in their ears while chanting “LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA! I CAN’T HEAR YOU!” in the face of Islamic terror.
The penetration of our government by the Muslim Brotherhood, via front groups like CAIR and ISNA, may now be considered complete. The language we use must be changed so that we are no longer able to describe the enemy we face and the nature of his murderous ideology.
After I watched the William Frawley video, I wrote our tipster back:
Couldn’t happen any more, alas. I hate to say it, but I don’t think that kind of spirit can come back to this country without a virtual decapitation of the leadership class, and then where would we be?
Instead of that kind of fighting spirit, we get Obama and Oprah. Win this war? War is an outdated concept, a propaganda ploy of the patriarchy forced upon the masses by the military-industrial complex to increase profits for the ruling class.
Or some such s**t.
The children are running the country now, and by the time they realize they need Daddy’s help, Daddy may be hard to find.
It’s early in the morning, and I’m ranting.
This nonsense about banning the word “jihad” is just the latest in a long series. I should be outraged, but my outrage gland is almost worn out. The Muslim Brotherhood’s infiltration of the federal government is extensive, both parties are in the pockets of the Saudis, and there is no will at the top to name the enemy or deal with the real problem.
We are actually worse off than Europe, because our people are still asleep. We’re obsessed with stupid trivia — and despite the loathsomeness of Obama and Hillary, I consider this election trivial, because McCain is only a micron better, and will not protect our borders. He has, however, demonstrated his willingness to suppress our freedom of speech.
Europe has a better chance, because its people are actually beginning to wake up. I can’t see that happening here for at least 10 years, by which time I’ll be too old to do this crap, and during which time President McCain, or President Clinton, or President Obama will likely have ordered the Marines ashore in Serbia or France to intervene against the indigenous Europeans on behalf of the oppressed Muslims who are being targeted by right-wing fanatics.
Don’t think it can happen? It has already — twice.
That’s why I’m concentrating on Europe, where there’s at least a prayer of success within my lifetime.
Sorry — you poked at me, so you got The Rant.
I’m not sanguine about the immediate future of the USA. Long-term, yes, but not immediate.
By the time we wake up, millions of people will already be dead, and some of them will be Americans.
I’d like to say that sober reflection has changed my view, and tempered the pessimism of that email, but it hasn’t.
All I can do is pin my hopes on the Danes. Keep your eyes on Denmark, because the Vikings are the ones who are leading the West out of this mess.
Holger Danske is stirring…
Hat tip for the Cole story: JD.