Monday, October 27, 2008

Just a Reminder; the War on Terror Is Still Continuing

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I know there's been really important things going on like digging into Joe the Plumber's financial statements, inventorying the total tanning beds Sarah Palin has in the Alaskan governors mansion and looking at the price tags on Palin's clothes, but in case anyone forgot, we are still fighting two wars.

US forces put boots on the ground in Syria over the weekend and killed the al-Qaeda bigwig there (Boy Assad of course threw a hissy fit):

The US military incursion into Syria was aimed at the senior leader of al Qaeda's extensive network that funnels foreign fighters, weapons, and cash from Syria into Iraq, a senior intelligence official told The Long War Journal.

US special operations hunter-killer teams entered Syria in an attempt to capture Abu Ghadiya, a senior al Qaeda leader who has been in charge of the Syrian network since 2005. US intelligence analysts identified Ghadiya as the leader of the Syrian network, The Washington Post reported in July. Ghadiya was identified as a “major target” by the US military in February 2008.
Unfortunately (or fortunately considering an Obama administration would just allow him to return to his home country) he was exterminated and sent to hang with forty, probably horrified virgins.

Lost in the cacophony of noise over the last several months is the fact that we have not won anything as of yet and as I wrote earlier, I strongly believe that President Bush is trying to mop up as much of al-Qaeda as possible because he knows a President Obama (shudder) will cut back and make us a target once again. Barney Frank is already calling for a 25% reduction in military spending so the math isn't too hard to figure out.

We will remain target number one and without the vigilance we've seen during the Bush years, we will be hit and it won't be symbolic but strategic. It will be aimed at our infrastructure and result in a further blow to our economy. If, as expected, Obama returns to a defensive posture, Joe Biden's words will ring true and Obama will fail dramatically. We can't chance it but it looks as though that's going to be the case.

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