Still Wrong ~ Dick Cheney and Barack Obama
“We are at war and when President Obama pretends we aren’t, it makes us less safe. [. . .] Why doesn’t he want to admit we’re at war? It doesn’t fit with the view of the world he brought with him to the Oval Office. It doesn’t fit with what seems to be the goal of his presidency — social transformation — the restructuring of American society.” ~ Dick CheneyWell, predictably enough, in the wake of the failed attempt to blow up a Detroit-bound airliner last weekend, the banshees of the Bush administration have arisen to shriek about the "war on terror." Hence, the dyspeptic outburst from Dick Cheney above. But there is an answer to Cheney's questions - despite his complaints, Obama, et. al. do, in fact, insist that we are "at war." Like Cheney, they are making a mistake in so doing. Why? Because framing the pursuit of al-Qaida as a "war" is incredibly dim. Unfortunately, there is no difference between Obama and Bush on that. On this, I find historian Andrew Bacevich ~ who thinks we should approach al-Qaida as a trans-national criminal conspiracy ~ persuasive. You can find his views here and here and here.
P.S.: The notion that Obama is in any way aiming at the "restructuring American society" is a howler. Has Chaney not been watching as, for instance, the administration sat to one side as the insurance and pharmaceutical industries (to say nothing of various religious zealots) entrenched their interests during the process of "health care reform."