Obama: “A decade of war is now ending”

posted at 5:11 pm on January 21, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

When pressed on foreign policy during his campaign for reelection, President Obama continually talked up the death of Osama bin Laden, the winding down of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the substantially “diminished” threat of al Qaeda as his major credentials. During his second inaugural speech this afternoon, however, President Obama talked a lot about the challenges we as a nation still face in multiple policy arenas, but was conspicuously iffy on the threats we still face in terms of terrorism and extremism — as David Ignatius points out:

The area where the speech was spongiest was foreign policy. Obama reiterated his campaign theme that “a decade of war is now ending” and that maintaining peace does not require “perpetual war.” That certainly fits the mood of the war-weary nation that re-elected him. And there was a ritual assertion of internationalism, in the insistence that “America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe.”

This is good rhetoric, but empty policy guidance. A listener wouldn’t have had a clue that a war is going on in Syria that has claimed over 60,000 lives, and that there is no discernible American policy to deal with it. A listener wouldn’t have known that a group called Al Qaeda still exists, let alone that it has left savage calling cards this past week in Algeria, just as it did in September in Libya.

“A decade of war is now ending”? That sounds to me dangerously close to declaring victory, but as the terrorist attack on Benghazi in September and the recent events in Mali demonstrate all too clearly, we have security threats that will continue long after we’ve left Afghanistan. Even if we want to stop being at war, that doesn’t mean that terrorists will stop waging it — and although President Obama mightn’t have wanted to draw attention to that particular fact today, his administration certainly knows it:

But events in Mali, Algeria and other countries are now spurring a reconsideration of the military role the U.S. should take on the continent, U.S. officials said.

The White House and African analysts have voiced fears that a more direct U.S. role could weaken local governments and further inflame Islamist extremism. U.S. officials have also questioned the direct national security threat posed by such Africa-based militants as AQIM, Somalia’s al-Shabaab militia and the Lord’s Resistance Army in central Africa.

Obama administration officials said this strategic view is being challenged by the rising terrorist activities in North Africa, including the abduction this week of Western hostages, including Americans, working at a natural-gas field in Algeria. Reports that the militants are demanding the release of two Islamic extremists from American prisons have emphasized their conflict with the U.S.

Now is clearly not the time for complacency.


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Or is it just beginning?

Bmore on January 21, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Obama: “A decade of war is now ending”

Translation: “Out with the old, and in with a new one!”

Liam on January 21, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Idiot maggot in chief – “there are No more terrorists”.

“I want to take a look one more time,” he told those surrounding him. “I’m not going to see this again.”

Jot this down or recall it later.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Or is it just beginning?

Bmore on January 21, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Oh, he plans a new one, another God-knows-how-long plan of American interventionism.

Liam on January 21, 2013 at 5:19 PM

Obama is delusional….nuff said

workingclass artist on January 21, 2013 at 5:20 PM

He always looks like Lening/Moussolini mothered/fathered him.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Lenin

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2013 at 5:20 PM

That will leave him plenty of time for his war on America.

antipc on January 21, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Since the left always says the wars caused all our debt now that they are over it should start going down right?

Wagthatdog on January 21, 2013 at 5:24 PM

The area where the speech was spongiest was foreign policy.

Why not? That’s a pretty good description OF Barry’s “foreign policy”.

One can only hope that the terrorists hear Barry’s speech declaring victory, believe him, and go home.

Somehow I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Exit question: How many new terrorist incidents can the MSM HIDE from the public so that their Obamassiah sounds like he knows what he’s talking about?

GarandFan on January 21, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Since the left always says the wars caused all our debt now that they are over it should start going down right?

Wagthatdog on January 21, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Yeah, we’ve been totally out of Iraq for a while now – and the deficit hasn’t been reduced at all. And in 2007, with the surge in Iraq underway and troops in Afghanistan, the annual deficit was only 158 billion dollars.

TarheelBen on January 21, 2013 at 5:30 PM

My son has been bugging me to watch our DVD of Red Dawn. I let him. Figured it’s appropriate viewing for today.

Sekhmet on January 21, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Talk like that just asks for another terrorist attack.

Sekhmet on January 21, 2013 at 5:31 PM

From an old song by Warren Zevon: “Time, time, time for another peaceful war.”

Obama will find a way to make another one. Without some kind of conflict, liberals have no use. If they got everything they wanted, they would try creating some new ’cause’ to embrace. If they got rid of every Conservative in the country, they would start fighting among themselves. It’s their way.

The battle rages on with toy soldiers (from another song by Martika), because liberals need a fight.

Liam on January 21, 2013 at 5:31 PM

There’s one born every minute!

OldEnglish on January 21, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Ambassador Stevens and the entire staff of a BP oil facility would like to have a word with the Dog Eating Savior.

Bishop on January 21, 2013 at 5:32 PM

War could end by simply not fighting those who attack us. Maybe that’s what he has in mind. If not that, then something even worse.

86 on January 21, 2013 at 5:34 PM

His war against the GOP and American work ethic has just begun.

Philly on January 21, 2013 at 5:35 PM

There have always been wars and there will always be wars until the world itself comes to an end.

Bitter Clinger on January 21, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Or is it just beginning?

Bmore on January 21, 2013 at 5:17 PM

He wants to end the wars abroad, so he can fight one on our soil.

He’s so vain he thinks this song is about him.

davidk on January 21, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Listen closely to your supportive left wing media and you’ll learn that the war goes on.

rplat on January 21, 2013 at 5:40 PM

There have always been wars and there will always be wars until the world itself comes to an end.

Bitter Clinger on January 21, 2013 at 5:37 PM

With that, I agree.

So, to quote words greater than mine, to which I cling with no bitterness but with hope, “Come quickly, Lord Jesus!”

Liam on January 21, 2013 at 5:41 PM

“OBAMA! OBAMA! WE ARE ALL OSAMA!”

Don’t spike that football too hard, champ.

Christien on January 21, 2013 at 5:43 PM

He wants to end the wars abroad, so he can fight one on our soil.

He’s so vain he thinks this song is about him.

davidk on January 21, 2013 at 5:39 PM

I must impose, disagree. He wants war on ALL fronts.

We have toyed with the idea of a narcissist, and that weighs in. But what is to be said of a person who seems so hell-bent on destruction on every possible level?

Liam on January 21, 2013 at 5:44 PM

Is this the ‘war is now ending’ on the r’s ending? Or is it that ge is alive and those rop type are ending in many nations we send billions upon billions to make the love us? Me thinks the r’s are still in the crossfire, the rop, nope!
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letget on January 21, 2013 at 5:45 PM

Perhaps this is the end of wars that the U.S. might win..

CrazyGene on January 21, 2013 at 5:46 PM

WTF? Maybe he is going to surrender!

MikeA on January 21, 2013 at 5:49 PM

The won only wants to gut our military. Since there are no wars.

birdwatcher on January 21, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Just think of the money we will redistribute, er, save! Preezy Do Something can just declare the world a gun free zone by Emperor, er, Executive Order, right?

ghostwalker1 on January 21, 2013 at 5:52 PM

maintaining peace does not require “perpetual war.”

The man is an infant. Worse, he was elected by an infant majority. We’ll be rid of him at some point, but what about the people who voted for him? We need to talk about a survival strategy that doesn’t include those people.

Buddahpundit on January 21, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Midnight cannot come fast enough.

FlaMurph on January 21, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Swoon!

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ghostwalker1 on January 21, 2013 at 5:54 PM

“Mission Accomplished”??? /spike

gregbert on January 21, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Er, do the terrorists know that?

Blasphemer!! Don’t you know by now that once Obummer Obama was elected that everyone would love us again! There is no such thing as a war on terror, that was an evil plan hatched by the evil Bushitler!!/

Actually Erika, I couldn’t have said it better myself…the koombaya left are still in denial that radical Islamo-facists really want us destroyed/dead no matter how self debasing or apologetic our gubment and the left are! They (the left) are such useful idiots that will unfortunately get more American’s killed!

Liberty or Death on January 21, 2013 at 5:56 PM

We will have peace in our time….

Sekhmet on January 21, 2013 at 5:57 PM

I must impose, disagree. He wants war on ALL fronts.

We have toyed with the idea of a narcissist, and that weighs in. But what is to be said of a person who seems so hell-bent on destruction on every possible level?

Liam on January 21, 2013 at 5:44 PM

That is certainly a distinct possibility.

I said what I said because his goal is to destroy America and turn it into a marxist country. Possibly, by ending all the wars abroad, he can concentrate the military against its citizens.

That, IMHO, would backfire on him. Id he realizes that, then your understanding shifts to the forefront.

davidk on January 21, 2013 at 5:57 PM

I keep hearing about Bush and his two wars. Did not Obama support Afghanistan AND did not Obama escalate that effort?

CW on January 21, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Obysmal is so tiresome…and predictable. He offers puffed-up rhetoric for his adoring foot soldiers.

onlineanalyst on January 21, 2013 at 5:59 PM

We will have peace in our time….

Sekhmet on January 21, 2013 at 5:57 PM

Heh.

davidk on January 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM

“A decade of war is now ending”

Horseshi!. A decade, likely more, is just beginning. Please announce for the public, Mr. President the real number, type, and location of troops on the African continent. Tell us about the assets those troops have, and the actual number of ops we’re engaged in.

And just wait until, in less than eighteen months, Germany withdraws from the EU and issues their own currency.

M240H on January 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM

I guess that means France is on their own fighting the terrorists who have taken over Mali. If the wars are over what the f@#$ would you call his targeting killing strategy? Does that mean he’s going to lay down his drones?

scalleywag on January 21, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Does that mean he’s going to lay down his drones?

scalleywag on January 21, 2013 at 6:02 PM

No, just redeploy westward – if you know what I mean.

OldEnglish on January 21, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Haunting words, much like Chamberlin’s “Peace for our time”.

KF Peters on January 21, 2013 at 6:10 PM

I wouldn’t spike that football just yet, champ…

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-01-20/japan-warns-it-may-fire-chinese-aircraft-over-disputed-islands-china-retorts-there-w

History doesn’t stop for parties, nor vanity dismiss it…

Time and tide waits for no man…

CPT. Charles on January 21, 2013 at 6:16 PM

The left has been pretending we haven’t been at war anyway. I don’t think there’s been a protest since the Bush years.

scalleywag on January 21, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Horseshi!. A decade, likely more, is just beginning. Please announce for the public, Mr. President the real number, type, and location of troops on the African continent. Tell us about the assets those troops have, and the actual number of ops we’re engaged in.

And just wait until, in less than eighteen months, Germany withdraws from the EU and issues their own currency.

M240H on January 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM

http://eurasia.foreignpolicy.com/category/region/north_africa

davidk on January 21, 2013 at 6:21 PM

His war with America will go on…..after he leaves office, after he passes away of old age, and will continue for generations with his Library and Propaganda machine in Chicago.

Speaking of “until the day I die”.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/click/2013/01/tina-fey-tired-of-palin-comparisons-154543.html?ml=bp

Tina Fey isn’t thrilled that she’s constantly associated with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whom she famously impersonated during the 2008 presidential election. From Rolling Stone:

As the late-middle-aged couple at the table next to us get up, the male half approaches, grinning: “Excuse me, aren’t you Governor Sarah Palin?” It’s so lame that Fey can barely manage a quarter of a fake smile. “Not for, like, three years now,” she says, looking as if she’d like to dive under the table.

The guy has his gag, though, and he’s going to run with it. “I so enjoy watching you on Fox,” he says.

“Thank you, have a nice day,” she replies. As he walks away, she murmurs, “Until the day I die. Until the day I die.”

PappyD61 on January 21, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Yeah, sure the Islamic fundamentalists have laid down their arms and there will peace. Obama is truly delusional.

SC.Charlie on January 21, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Im fairly certain a decade of war is nearly upon us, and we wont need transport to get to the front lines.

Viper1 on January 21, 2013 at 6:25 PM

What’s Barry gonna do when Iran goes nuclear – probably sometime in this second term – or if Israel decides to do a preemptive strike?

TarheelBen on January 21, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Tina Fey isn’t thrilled that she’s constantly associated with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whom she famously impersonated during the 2008 presidential election.

PappyD61 on January 21, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Heh. If not for Sarah, nobody would know who the hell Tina Fey is.

TarheelBen on January 21, 2013 at 6:37 PM

A decade? No mention of the other 1402 years? Go figure.

WhatSlushfund on January 21, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Obama: “A decade of war is now ending”

So I guess he’s going to surrender to somebody.

Oldnuke on January 21, 2013 at 6:59 PM

I don’t think there’s been a protest since the Bush years.

scalleywag on January 21, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Exactly, I’ve been wondering where the “Code Pinko’s” have been since Obummer became president 4 years ago…especially since Obummer has been killing many terrorists (including an American citizen) without the habeas corpus rights they screamed terrorists were being denied (which was and is a crock BS argument) throughout the Bush years!

Hypocrites every one of them!!

Liberty or Death on January 21, 2013 at 7:06 PM

“Thank you, have a nice day,” she replies. As he walks away, she (Tina Fey) murmurs, “Until the day I die. Until the day I die.”

PappyD61 on January 21, 2013 at 6:24 PM

What a shame for Ms. Fey to have her life of elite privelige interrupted by people who enjoy her third-rate comedy. If I ever sat near her at a restaurant, I might instead be inclined to tell her to go choke on a big hairy one. But she probably gets that a lot, too.

86 on January 21, 2013 at 7:26 PM

The redacted conclusion of that curious statement:

“…and a century of expansionistic, terroristic Islamic imperialism is just beginning!

profitsbeard on January 21, 2013 at 7:29 PM

A decade of war is ending. Really.

Lemme see: Mali, Algeria, and Libya, all three of which threaten to suck us in, considering the number of American deaths so far. Syria, ditto, although no American deaths yet. We are not yet out of Afghanistan (boy, is THAT going to be fun, trying to disengage from that bungled bit of sewage without massive attacks on our retreating army), nor are we completely out of Iraq, as we still have “advisors” there. Iran will have nuclear capability anytime from now until next year, and they don’t seem shy about using that fact as a threat. The entire Middle East hates us (with the possible exception of Israel, except that the current administration seems intent on changing that).

Let’s forget about the Middle East and North Africa for a moment. Let’s look at other parts of the world. China and Japan are rattling nuclear sabers rather loudly at each other. Argentina wants another beating from the UK. India and Pakistan are just waiting for somebody else to start something so they can start nuking each other. North Korea needs to nuke SOMEBODY, just so people won’t notice all their starving millions. Venezuela could easily set fire to large parts of South America if they finally admit that Chavez is a rotting corpse, and who knows if that will set off the cartels in Central America and Mexico.

War doesn’t end. It just goes to sleep here and there before it starts up again.

RebeccaH on January 21, 2013 at 8:05 PM

The left has been pretending we haven’t been at war anyway. I don’t think there’s been a protest since the Bush years.

scalleywag on January 21, 2013 at 6:21 PM

…funny that!

KOOLAID2 on January 21, 2013 at 8:21 PM

…President Obama talked a lot about the challenges we as a nation still face in multiple policy arenas, but was conspicuously iffy on the threats we still face in terms of terrorism and extremism….

…now, if Al Qaeda was a labor union, Obama’d be all over ‘em…subsidies, sweetheart deals…he might even see that they got a controlling interest in that gas plant in Algeria, a’ la GM….

…once again we see the “leadership” of Obama…at every turn, when presented with a challenge requiring leadership, he has failed. Period. BP oil spill? Failed. Hurricane Sandy aid and reconstruciton? Failed. Benghazi? Failed. Failed, failed, failed. There are stopped clocks out there which’re laughing at him…they’re right at least twice a day….

…his only success, as we all know because his mouthpieces parrot it ad nauseum: Bin Laden. To hear them tell it, he took the controlls of the SEAL chopper (the one that didn’t crash), and popped guns-a-blazing into the fray, whacking UBL personally and taking his scalp. Neptune Spear only shows that when you surround a loser with enough GS-17′s and generals, and put heroes at his disposal, even a community organizer and union shill can be kept from screwing something important up.

He’s met all my expectations as a president…and that ain’t good.

Puritan1648 on January 21, 2013 at 8:28 PM

“A decade of war is now ending”

Sooooooo now I can focus on my war here at home…….white rich theives you think you got money now? Wait till you need an expensive surgery and have to cash in your 401k or sell your house.

Viva payback.

PappyD61 on January 21, 2013 at 8:31 PM

What a freaking maroon..Jihadists won’t listen to you..they will fight us until we convert or submit and pay the jiziya..

sadsushi on January 21, 2013 at 8:40 PM

we have security threats that will continue long after we’ve left Afghanistan.

Yes because after all we took away Afghanistan away from Al Queda and Iraq.

Now everyone ignore that the Muslim Brotherhood is the political group with Al Queta their Military. Ignore the fact than when Obama became President Iran was the only country controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood but now most of Northern Africa is Turkey is Syria looks to soon be and no doubt Afghanistan and Iraq will soon be. Ignore that Morsi is promising an end of Israel and America.

In every way we are far worse off now than when Odumbo became Prez.

Steveangell on January 21, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Oh yes, and he’s rushing blindly right into another one-with his own people this time around.

Dunedainn on January 21, 2013 at 10:11 PM

President Obama continually talked up the death of Osama bin Laden

It’s basically his sole achievement of his first four years in a nutshell. The ordering of the hit on a guy who for the last ten years was walled up in a room doing nothing but watching porn, whilst the guy who was actually the brains behind 9/11, KSM, has been sitting in Guantanamo for years now.

Omega_Rage on January 22, 2013 at 1:19 AM

Let down… He went from healing the planet to… uh… ending the wars. And it only took 4 years. The unicorns in his butt must be turning into mules…

RalphyBoy on January 22, 2013 at 1:40 AM

The left has been pretending we haven’t been at war anyway. I don’t think there’s been a protest since the Bush years.

scalleywag on January 21, 2013 at 6:21 PM

Nor will they take the time on network news to slowly and dramatically read the names of soldiers killed on Obama’s watch.

PortlandJon on January 22, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Obama reiterated his campaign theme that “a decade of war is now ending”

Al Quaeda surrendered?

As long as they’re at war with us, it’s foolish to pretend war is “now ending.” Iraq and Afghanistan are just fronts in the war against jihadis. The only thing that’s really changed is that we seem now to be helping the jihadis out in Libya, Egypt, Syria, and Mali.

The net effect of Obama’s actions in the Middle East is to a) get Al Quaeda even madder and b) give them more places to hide and get support.

The “decade of war” is not “now ending.” It’s just ramping up. The surest way to make it worse is to pretend it’s getting better.

There Goes The Neighborhood on January 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM