As the press, political junkies and politicians all work to get each other's attention for that one comment or sound bite that will turn the tide for their cause or side; while this Kabuki Dance has been playing out ... we have lost sight of something. Have you noticed that the War on Terror — or terrorism in general — is hardly mentioned?
As I write this, FIVE SOLDIERS WERE KILLED IN MOSUL AND NO ONE NOTICED. The war on terror has morphed into the politically correct, or rather, the politically incorrect war with radical Islam, or the ridiculous Islamic Fascists — both are used to somehow lessen the impact on the Muslim world or to make us feel better.
We have been told by a truckload of administration officials, starting with the President that we are going to stop Al Qaeda in Iraq. Al Qaeda was not an issue in Iraq before we went there, but it damn sure is now. We are close to defeating the Al Qaeda that has come to Iraq since we got there, but that is a branch of the larger Al Qaeda that killed us on 9/11. Al Qaeda is actually bigger and more powerful in the world, because of what we are doing in Iraq. You cannot fight this way and hope to defeat an enemy that pulled off 9/11.
Now back to the politics and the lack of terrorism talk. Clinton cannot spell the word (terrorism) while Obama is all about hope and change (very compelling words, but I just do not see a fighter in him). McCain has great experience on National Security issues, but wants the status quo — and the status quo has not worked for me. Romney has exactly no experience fighting anything that matters. He is a good man; they all are good people, but I am here yelling about fighting terrorists. I am talking about leadership, the ability to get people to do what you want them to do. The next president will have to possess a great deal of leadership and courage and a steadfastness few seem to demonstrate.
Those same talking heads, political "operatives" and news-types have not even asked a leadership question. All seem to be chasing the same story, or inventing one that suits them. How about this for absurdity: "Campaigns are about poetry, governing is about prose." Now that is exactly the "nuanced" crap that one reporter recently spewed. STOP IT NOW.
Demand that those who would command our military explain how they are going to use this great machine. Demand the press at least mention when our guys get slaughtered in a city halfway around the world. Demand that the press care enough about terrorism to ask a damn question about it.
I hope we do not need another 9/11 or worse to wake us all up. However, if the current state of affairs does not change, I do not see any way to avoid it. The terrorists always have a vote, they get to pick when and where they want to hit us. We have millions of illegal immigrants in this country, are we dumb enough to think they are all law-abiding citizens … I did say illegal, did I not?
We deserve better than this, or maybe we are getting exactly what we deserve. I vote for being realistic. This war is far from over and we should be demanding that those running, those advising and those reporting this event should stop covering their collective asses and lead us in this war on terrorism. Those fighting for us, demand nothing less.
Colonel David Hunt, U.S. Army (Ret.), is a FOX News military analyst and the author of the New York Times bestseller They Just Don’t Get It. He has extensive operational experience in counterterrorism, special operations, and intelligence operations. He has trained the FBI and Special Forces in counterterrorism tactics, served as the security adviser to six different Olympic Games, testified as an expert at many major terrorist trials, and lectured at the CIA, the FBI, and the National Security Agency. You can read his complete bio here.