In the end — even if conditions in July 2011 are such that Obama can order a real withdrawal, not a token one — the larger threat of terrorism will remain. The “drain the swamp” approach to fighting terrorism doesn’t work if the virulence can simply infect the next swamp, and the next.

It never made sense to think of the fight against terrorism as a “war” because it’s not possible to defeat a technique or an idea by force of arms. George W. Bush chose a path toward a more or less permanent state of costly, deadly, low-level war. Barack Obama should have taken a different course.

Does anyone think if this were Bush’s third term that he wouldn’t be doing exactly the same thing? Aside from more references to “freedom” and “terror” in his West Point speech, that is.

Blue Texan

Blue Texan