The bad news is the War on Terror is still a part of daily life. The worse news is our elected leaders are so confused about who the enemy is that we’re funding both sides.
Leon Panetta became the first U.S. Defense secretary to visit Libya on Saturday. Surveying the government Barack Obama’s illegal war put in place, Panetta said the ruling National Transitional Council needs more time to control its (al-Qaeda) militias; nonetheless, he remained “confident that ultimately they’re going to be able to succeed in putting a democracy together.” The Associated Press reports, “Officials acknowledge that process [of reining in Islamic militants] could take months, and that they can’t force the militias to go along.” Panetta added helpfully, “The last thing you want to do is to try to impose something on a country that has just gone through what the Libyans have gone through.”
In the meantime, Obama has unfrozen $37 billion for the NTC and its al-Qaeda allies, dropping most sanctions against the country. White House spokesman Jay Carney said “these assets can be an important resource for the Libyan people.” These “Libyan people” include the head of the Tripoli Military Council, Abdel Hakim Belhaj, who prepared for his role as leader of the nation’s largest militia by fighting alongside Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.
Not to worry, though; according to Joe Biden, the Taliban is no longer the enemy. Last week, the vice president told Newsweek:
Look, the Taliban per se is not our enemy. That’s critical. There is not a single statement that the president has ever made in any of our policy assertions that the Taliban is our enemy, because it threatens U.S. interests. If, in fact, the Taliban is able to collapse the existing government, which is cooperating with us in keeping the bad guys from being able to do damage to us, then that becomes a problem for us.
Of course, President George W. Bush announced in his September 11th address to the nation, “We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.” Since the Taliban refused to turn over Osama bin Laden, the United States entered into the most protracted war in its history.
But why would Biden care about that?
Former UN Ambassador John Bolton said Biden’s comment shined a light on Obama administration policy. “I think he is articulating what the White House strategy is,” Bolton told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “They are trying to redefine the terrorist threat to be a limited group of al-Qaeda people along the Afghan-Pakistan border.”
Obama’s foreign policy builds on the Democratic Party’s long history of funding America’s extremist enemies. The Taliban could never have come to power if not for a ceasefire brokered by Clinton administration UN Ambassador Bill Richardson, which the Islamic fundamentalists promptly exploited to subject the nation to Islamic domination. (Obama nominated Richardson as his Commerce secretary before a scandal derailed it.) Bill Clinton supported the Kosovo Liberation Army during bombing raids that pounded Orthodox Christian Serbia on Easter, although the KLA is a narcoterrorist affiliate of al-Qaeda and received funding from Iran.
Joe Biden himself had the keen idea after 9/11, telling his staff, “Seems to me this would be a good time to send, no strings attached, a check for $200 million to Iran.”
Why should he break with generations of Democrats (and some Republicans) before him who gave U.S. aid and military technology to the Soviet Union, Red China, and other nations in the Communist bloc during the Cold War?
Obama’s economic policies are not simply dangerous because of the massive, Greek-style debt they foist upon American children. They are also dangerous because of the foreign extremists and terrorists they underwrite and the American values they undermine.