Will there be an end to the perpetual war?

Yesterday, President Obama spoke to a crowd at the National Defense University, and laid out his vision for the future of counter-terrorism. In his speech, the President addressed the controversial use of drones, the on-going fight to close Gitmo, and the need to repeal the Authorization for the Use of Military Force. President Obama invoked the words of James Madison, saying, “No nation could preserve its freedom in the midst of continual war.”

While at times he appeared to justify the on-going use of drone strikes, the overall tone of the speech indicated the President's desire to put an end to perpetual war. He said, “Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue. But this war, like all wars, must end.” And, he called on Congress to stop blocking efforts to close the torture facility at Guantanamo Bay – a prison he said “should have never been opened” in the first place.

The speech drew criticism from both the Left and the Right. Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the anti-war group, Code Pink, interrupted the President during his remarks, criticizing his failure to close Gitmo, and the civilian drone-strike casualties. Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss said the President Obama's remarks “will be viewed by terrorists as a victory.” It will difficult, if not impossible, for our President to please both sides, and he will likely be met with resistance in his efforts to conclude this decade-long disaster.

Most of that resistance will come from those on the Right, who refuse to acknowledge the damage that these policies have done to our nation, and the world. Those of us on the Left should continue to call for an end to the drone program, for the restoration of our right to privacy, and more. In the meantime, however, we must stand with President Obama as he attempts to close Gitmo, works to reduce executive power, and tries to restore the image of our nation throughout the world.

If we don't fight for these changes now, they may never happen. Our President cannot do this alone.


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chuckle8 10 years 4 days ago

I think the American people like him because of what they observe in the economy. When he came into office we were losing 750K jobs a month and the rate of loss was increasing. Once he got the stimulus package in action the loss of jobs turned into a gain of jobs; on average I think it was been 100K jobs per month. Obama was able to do this in spite of all the republican governors removing 4.5 million government jobs in their states.

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DAnneMarc 10 years 4 days ago
Quote Palindromedary:DAnneMarc:

"Online Persona Management"...wow! what Big Brother doublespeak, eh? Thanks for that info about Ntrepid...I had not heard of them...or at least, I don't remember reading about them.

Palindromedary ~ In that case you might be interested in this three part youtube video series entitled:

Anonymous Is US Phantom Enemy Created by Ntrepid Corp. Pt.II - III


I only just watched the second in the series. Apparently "Anonymous" isn't who he isn't saying he is. Yeah, I know that sounds ridiculous; but, think about it a minute, what a better enemy for the government to have than one without a name or a face--just a mask. A wild card sockpuppet if you will. Someone the Government and military can point to and assign any person and any allegation to in order to justify murdering them. No due process, no proof that person did anything. Just, "you did it", bang, you're gone. Talk about getting away with murder

(UPDATE) Ok! Now I've seen all three videos on this subject. I highly recommend everyone check this out. It is either a very creative hoax, or one of the biggest problems this country has ever faced and will affect us all eventually.

Beware wolves that bare the clothing of sheep:

Quote The Bible: The Book of Revelations:Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

Revelation 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

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DAnneMarc 10 years 3 days ago

To the "Powers that Be," and anyone else who would like to Dominate the current paradigm I warn you...You will not succeed without our blessings. You arrogantly claim to have jurisdiction over this planet; yet, you have no such authority. This is a blatant lie! Your power is and always will be trumped by the Power of the People, and, by the true Powers that Be. Your schemes will fail! Your expendatures are a waste of time and money.

Just like any other rich and spoiled brat, you will have to learn that lesson the hard way. So be it. At least they provide some poor smucks with a job and a decent living.

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