Dealing with the "Violent extremists who threaten us."
The full quote from the President is that he vows to 'disrupt, to dismantle and defeat the violent extremists who threaten us - whether they are from Afghanistan or Pakistan, Yemen or Somalia or anywhere where they are plotting attacks against the US homeland.'
Parsing words does not begin to express the threat. Frankly, it is hard to accept that the political correctness that avoids the words "War on Terror(ism)," or "jihad" or "Islamic fundamentalism" is valid in light of the continuing attempts to destroy human life, attack or kill Americans or to destroy America.
We stand on the dawn of a new year and on the anniversary of "change." Yet, it is clear (to some, if not many) that ignoring the lessons of the past (and those who attacked us on September 11th, 2001) is possible, and that another tragic morning could happen. How is it anything but troubling that after being released from GITMO for "art rehabilitation" two of the releasees scurried off to Yemen?
We are, in fact, engaged in a great WAR against Islamic Fundamentalist Extremist Jihadists. No mincing of words and attempting to avoid the politically incorrect can protect those of us who travel frequently by air.
This is personal...very personal. Yes, it is. Yemen, Nigeria, Somalia. All too many Americans are willing to believe that al Qaeda is not a threat to our country. All too many are willing to believe that the Taliban pose no threat to the United States. All too many people are willing to believe that al Qaeda is nearly defeated. THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is likely one of the greatest threats to our Nation's security.