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Krauthammer’s Al Qaeda Smear

By Max Bergmann on January 2, 2010 at 5:00 pm

"Krauthammer’s Al Qaeda Smear"

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krauthammerIn an effort to politicize the failed Christmas day attack, neocon Charles Krauthammer accused President Obama of not caring about fighting Al Qaeda because the Administration has dropped the ludicrous phrase “war on terror.” Krauthammer put forth the smear yesterday in the National Review:

Obama banishes the term “war on terror.” It’s over — that is, if it ever existed. Obama may have declared the war over. Unfortunately, al-Qaeda has not. Which gives new meaning to the term “asymmetric warfare.”

It is true that the Obama administration has dropped “war on terror,” a phrase that is so broad and ill-defined that even Donald Rumsfeld sought to abandon it. Instead of declaring war against a tactic, the President has actually sought to define the enemy – repeatedly saying that the US was specifically “at war” with Al Qaeda. In fact, just today Obama said in his weekly address:

our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred.

Moreover, Obama has consistently said this. In May, Obama stated in a major speech at the National Archives:

Now let me be clear: we are indeed at war with al Qaeda and its affiliates.

In his speech at West Point, Obama justified the Afghan troop increase to help bolster the war against Al Qaeda:

We must keep the pressure on al Qaeda, and to do that, we must increase the stability and capacity of our partners in the region…This is not just America’s war.

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