Since the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, the United States has become more vigilant about global terrorism. The truth is that the war on terror has been going on for decades from the perspective of other countries. For example, the World Trade Center in NYC was targeted in 1993 with bombing attacks, but this event seemed to fade away. Perhaps the U.S. government should have been more aware of the real threats posed by Islamic terrorists that Continue Reading »
Remember what happened on September 11, 2001?
Of course you do. Anyone living through the George W. Bush era remembers it quite well. It was all over Cable TV, the news and even country music stars tried to ride the coattails of the disaster by making songs about it.
It also launched America into a war against an abstract (the abstract being “terror”) and forever changed the face of the country both to its own people and our allies abroad. At the time, the US was whipped into a frenzy because we just knew that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Of course, there weren’t.
The war in Iraq equated to nothing more than an unnecessary waste of life and when there were no WMDs to be found, it was chocked up to bad Intel by everyone EXCEPT the people who wanted the war in the first place.
Why is this relevant to today?
Well, consider what happened in Benghazi when the consulate was attacked. At the time, Ambassador Susan Rice told the American public that it was in response to a sacrilegious movie. Obviously we now know that was not the case – it was bad Intel.
Unfortunately, the same old men who refuse to acknowledge that they spurred a war with a country under false assumptions are now attacking Rice. How this issue resolves itself remains to be a seen and while hindsight might always be 20/20, that’s a poor platitude when it results in the needless waste of human lives and the misinformation disseminated to the American people.
On the first of September, 2010, the American government changed the name for Iraqi operations from “Operation Iraqi Freedom” to “Operation New Dawn.” This signaled the beginning of a fifteen month operation that ended with the withdrawal of the last US troops from Iraqi territory.
Operation New Dawn had originally been scheduled to take eighteen months, but progress was so encouraging that it finished in December 2011, much sooner than expected. All combat troops have left, though there are still fifty thousand American soldiers Continue Reading »
A rose by any other name is still a rose; yet, according to the Obama administration, the war on terror will be less offensive if it called something different. Exactly who finds the phrase offensive is questionable. According to a national security analyst named Anthony Cordesman, using the words, war on terror has anti-Islamic and anti-Arab overtones. By avoiding this supposedly inflammatory verbiage, the President is reassuring those people that they are not automatically our enemies. The Continue Reading »
The deadly terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 in New York City did more than just change and shape America’s future. They also changed how the world responded and handled terrorist activity around the globe. Soon after the attacks international groups such as NATO sprang into action to update and create new plans for battling evil overseas. Operation Active Endeavor was one of NATO’s largest and most ambitious operations in response to the 9/11 attacks and continues to successfully operate today.
Operation Active Endeavor is focused on stopping the transport of weapons of mass destruction through the Mediterranean Sea and surrounding areas. Continue Reading »
Many regard September 11, 2001 as the day that the Islamic terrorist organization, Al-Qeada, declared war on the United States. Despite the obvious significance of that date, this struggle has earlier origins and involves many more parties.
The emergence of Al-Qaeda as the leading terrorist threat was preceded by earlier manifestations of the same disease in the form of Hezbollah and the Palestinian Liberation Organization. Those groups had been exporting terror on a more local scale for decades by the time September 11th came around.
Although this war is frequently portrayed as Al-Qaeda against the Continue Reading »
For most of the world, the war on terror has been raging for decades. Only within the past twenty or so years; starting with the first World Trade Center bombing, bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, and ending with the events of 9/11 2001, have terror tactics reached the shores of the continental United States.
In addition to forming the Department of Homeland Security, the American government has implemented a wide range of new and powerful laws believed by some to infringe on Continue Reading »