May 29, 2013
In a hallmark speech last week, President Obama unilaterally declared the war on terror over. The end of that war, Obama stated, meant we could return to the halcyon days of the Clinton-era law enforcement, during which America experienced a spate of terrorist attacks ranging from the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 to the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996 to the bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 to the USS Cole bombing in 2000.
What justified Obama’s announcement?
Nothing, except his need to pacify his leftist base. With scandals brewing on the home front — the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative non-profits, the Department of Justice targeting of journalists — President Obama must shore up his left or face the prospect of being an early lame duck.