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White House: 'War on terrorism' is over

Original post made by Ken in South Pleasanton on Aug 6, 2009

Boy, was I glad to read this headline. Here's the rest of the right-speak if you are interested.

Web Link

I doubt that changing the way we speak of terror or changing to whom we ascribe terror is going to change the face of terror much. I think you should call a PIG a PIG. But, in deference to the whitehouse right-speak gurus, I'll use the term "living creatures of the porcine persuasion" in the future. Ahhh, I already feel better about porcine-kind.

Comments (19)

Posted by Stay Cool, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2009 at 11:59 am

I was also very glad to read the headline. The words used by the White House have a profound impact on our mindset as a country and on the impression we give as a country.
"But Mr. Brennan lamented "inflammatory rhetoric, hyperbole, and intellectual narrowness" surrounding the national security debate and said Mr. Obama has views that are "nuanced, not simplistic; practical, not ideological."
Sounds sensible to me!

Posted by Melissa, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 6, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Sounds like the usual out of our White House and that is mindless rhetoric by changing what you call it. I bet those 43 americans killed last month in Afghanistan will feel better about it. This guy is unbelievable! My nephew is in Afghanistan and based on what my sister says he has not idea what they are doing there nor does he feel they have a chance of winning. No idea who the enemy is and they just disappear into the population. I am so embarrassed to have Obama as my president.

Posted by Stay Cool, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2009 at 12:47 pm

With all respect to the experiences of our soldiers, it is totally unfair to blame Obama for the situation in Afghanistan. Had we stayed focused there instead of changing focus to Iraq under the last administration, we would be at a different place in the campaign. Obama is trying to finish what we started and was left with less than ideal circumstances. I have a close friend who did two tours in Iraq, but who expressed the same sentiments as your nephew about the situation there.
I am proud of President Obama for paying such close attention to detail and understanding the big picture.

Posted by Dave, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2009 at 1:23 pm

I thought the Messiah was pullin out of Iraq on day one? Oh that is right when he took office he split hairs and said he will pull "combat troops" out of Iraq by 2010 leaving only 30,000 troops there as peacekeepers and will double the amount of troops in afghan to about 168,000 even though the commanders there say it will take 400,000. Maybe we should call the Russians and ask them if it will work?

Posted by Law Student, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2009 at 1:28 pm


Your posts are more like drive by shootings, dine and dash etc.

"I thought the Messiah was pulling out of Iraq on day one?"

Why did YOU think this?

Obama made his intentions very clear prior to the election and he is
Implementing what he stated he would.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Aug 6, 2009 at 1:32 pm

I don't agree that the war on terror is over. Domestic terrorists are on the rise. Web Link

I think that when America is facing multiple threats, we don't need this!

Posted by Nosy Neighbors, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Aug 6, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Boy is this good news or what? So does this mean that the "war on drugs" is over too, or is it now just the "public effort against mildly intoxicating, munchie inducing, hemp alternatives?"

Gimmee a break! If your not outraged or embarrassed yet just wait another three & a half years. Hope & change my ass, we're screwed.

Posted by Stay Cool, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2009 at 5:56 pm

What is outrageous or embarrassing about a new administration revising the rhetoric which, frankly, the former administration wasn't making much progress using?
It started with the "War on Poverty" under LBJ. Then there was the "War on Drugs." This declaration of war on things is reflective of our culture of fear and agression, and when applied to actions we are engaging in in the Middle East and elsewhere, is overly provocative. We can accomplish the same goals using more thoughtful terminology.

Posted by Ken, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2009 at 6:14 pm

What a JOKE!
While the White House is plotting out how to coin the war....
The Enemy is plotting to kill us!

Good Grief!

Posted by Stay Cool, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2009 at 6:25 pm

We can attack the enemy AND be conscientious of our presentation. Last I checked, we weren't treating the enemy, or anyone we even remotely suspected as being the enemy (a la Gitmo), with kid gloves.
A country of our caliber requires that level of sophistication. Words are important and require careful thought.

Posted by And..., a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 6, 2009 at 8:30 pm

And a teleprompter!

Posted by SteveP, a resident of Parkside
on Aug 7, 2009 at 9:54 am

SteveP is a registered user.

What's next? The Obama administration changes the name 'hurricane' to light breeze and high humidity'? I'm sure the folks in the Gulf Coast will feel much safer now that we've renamed the imminent threat to sound less onerous.
Really, how naive do this administration think we are? If you ignore the problem (or rename it), it doesn't go away.

Posted by Bob, a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 7, 2009 at 10:17 am

Didn't you know Obama is all about transparency? Hmmmmmmmmmmm on second thought maybe he just says he is. Is this the change we can believe in? From turbo tax Tim to this Obama is just making us look dumber than we actually are. On second thought maybe we are stupid for electing him so the joke is on us.

Posted by Ken in South Pleasanton, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 7, 2009 at 10:33 am

So, what rhetoric does the Obama administration have for the 'suicide murderers' and 'improvised explosive devices' that are used indiscriminately against civilian populations in these 'civilized' parts of the world? Maybe CDP (catastrophically disassembled people)

Posted by Tu Hung Lo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Anyone that thinks terrorism is over is is either delusional, stupid, or both. If there are people in the White House that feel that way they are either supremely delusional or illusional (come to think of it, they are masters at the latter). The elitist pigs in the White House evidently regard the American population as completely gullible. Maybe they're right. After all, Obama got elected.

Posted by Obamas Asack, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Tu and Bob,

You are correct, "we" (meaning a majority of voters) did put Hitler Jr. in the White House, and the Bolshevik majority in Congress. But, rest assured "we" (meaning those that read Obama for what he is)most assuredly didn't vote for him, even though we had to hold or noses and vote for McCain. Now we need to quickly figure out how to render Obama ineffective before he and the Boshevik's destroy this country.

Posted by Wow, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2009 at 12:54 pm

Calling Obama "Hitler Jr." seems to be a trend on these discussions. And then some of the same group takes umbrage with Pelosi saying that folks are showing up at the meetings with Nazi signs and symbols, doubting her veracity?

Posted by Freedom, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 7, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Actually there are a lot of similarities between Hitler and Obama but I sure hope it does not end the same way for the US.

Posted by Reported, a resident of Downtown
on Aug 7, 2009 at 8:22 pm

Posts reported to the White House! There are some things you just do not say in print on-line!

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