May 2, 2011
President Obama's dramatic Sunday night announcement of the killing of
And now, as the president said, "justice has been done." The president deserves our thanks for the stable, secure and consistent leadership that he brought to this mission. Indeed, today the whole world is offering him high praise, and saying thank you to President Obama.
And with bin Laden's death, we once more feel the same unity, as Americans celebrate across the country. There is some sense of closure for the family members who lost loved ones on 9/11. People came to the
President Obama deserves our recognition for his steadfast hand in bringing down bin Laden. Notified in August about a major tip concerning his whereabouts, he painstakingly, carefully, cautiously and finally successfully led our nation's military and intelligence forces -- in cooperation with the
But our celebration must be just as cautious and careful. Bin Laden's chapter is now closed, but the book is still open. With the instability and turmoil across the world, the threat is not gone. We are on high alert today for good reason.
Bin Laden was headmaster of the school of terrorism.
We must keep our guard up, and use this occasion to revive our common sense -- and to end the misnamed war on a technique, "the war on terror." The Bush White House invented the metaphor of a war on terror.
But the term never made any sense. You can't wage war on a tactic. A "war on terrorism" is a war without an end in sight, without a specified enemy, without a clear set of goals other than to fight everywhere or anywhere endlessly. Calling this a war on terror allowed our government to confuse Americans about
But bin Laden's death should enable us to take a clear look at our strategy, to reassert common sense. We need a foreign policy that flows from our values and are not foreign to them.
President Obama has shelved use of the term "war on terror." Now it is time to reassert diplomacy and peaceful resolution to world conflict. To reassert the principles of nonintervention and nonviolence, of self-reliance and self-determination. And finally, to bring the excesses -- the invasion of
Justice, as the president said, has been done. Now let common sense be exercised as well.
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