State Dept.: ‘The War on Terror Is Over’

Tuesday April 24, 2012 5:29 AM - 8 Comments

arab-terroristsIn the wake of the Arab Spring, the Obama administration is grappling with how to handle Islamists, radical adherents to Islam. Particularly, the issue has come to the fore in regards to Egypt, which, as Reuel Marc Gerecht notes, “is now certain” to elect “an Islamist” as its leaders the next time the Egyptian people go to the polls.

But some in the Obama administration are now seeing things differently.

The war on terror is over,” a senior official in the State Department official tells the National Journal. “Now that we have killed most of al Qaida, now that people have come to see legitimate means of expression, people who once might have gone into al Qaida see an opportunity for a legitimate Islamism.”

This new outlook has, in the words of the National Journal, come from a belief among administration officials that “It is no longer the case, in other words, that every Islamist is seen as a potential accessory to terrorists.”

The National Journal explains:

The new approach is made possible by the double impact of the Arab Spring, which supplies a new means of empowerment to young Arabs other than violent jihad, and Obama’s savagely successful military drone campaign against the worst of the violent jihadists, al Qaida.

For the president himself, this new thinking comes from a “realiz[ation that] he has no choice but to cultivate the Muslim Brotherhood and other relatively ‘moderate’ Islamist groups emerging as lead political players out of the Arab Spring in Egypt, Tunisia and elsewhere.”

This new outlook is radically different than what was expressed under President George W. Bush immediately after September 11, 2001. “Over time it’s going to be important for nations to know they will be held accountable for inactivity,” Bush said on November 6, 2001. “You’re either with us or against us in the fight against terror.

{Weekly Standard/Matzav.com Newscenter}

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8 Responses to “State Dept.: ‘The War on Terror Is Over’”

1. Comment from AlbertEinstein
Time April 24, 2012 at 6:25 AM

Naivete has been the hallmark of this administration. At all levels.

2. Comment from yashrus
Time April 24, 2012 at 7:01 AM

obama has cultivated mb since he invited them to his diatribe in cairo and tanked mubarak .his thinking has not changed. it is now more revealed naive and more dangerous

3. Comment from reality check
Time April 24, 2012 at 7:18 AM

These people are either nuts or completely delusional… or both?

4. Comment from reality check
Time April 24, 2012 at 7:19 AM

Forgot one thing…
This sounds eerily like “peace in our time.”
And we all know what that led to…
Hashem Yishmor.

5. Comment from Aryeh Zelasko
Time April 24, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Of course the War on Terror is over, America lost and the terrorists wander freely in the White House and are looting the American people.

6. Comment from schnitzel
Time April 24, 2012 at 8:57 AM

These clowns should go to Paris, London & Amsterdam to judge for themselves if terrorism is over.
It’s just beginning.

7. Comment from Ben-Azai
Time April 24, 2012 at 12:23 PM

This is mamash gevaldig news! The war on terror is now over!

If this is the case, when will the TSA be dissolved? If the “war on terror” is indeed over the TSA is now redundant, all its operatives can be fired, and everything will be rosy in the garden.

8. Comment from Oh realy!
Time April 24, 2012 at 12:40 PM

If that’s the case, let Hillary Clinton walk down the streets of Gaza City without any body guards! Everything is peachy keen! Kumbaya! Wow, I never thought we would ever achieve such love & piece in our lifetimes! Wow!

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