FOURTEEN YEARS OF THE WAR ON TERROR: Are Americans Safer Now?

Fourteen years ago, this country suffered a terrible attack, an attack perpetrated by Muslims motivated by the literal interpretation of the Qur’an. Since then, we have been waging a “War On Terror” with the goal of eradicating further threats by those that share the same perverted devotion to Islam as the original 9/11 hijackers.

Given all the blood and treasure we have spent, it’s reasonable then to ask — are we safer now from Islamic inspired violence than we were fourteen years ago? Can any of you dear readers answer yes to this question? I can’t.

Instead of being safer, I believe we are at significantly greater risk. The events in San Bernardino clearly show that our ability to adequately vet immigrants coming into the country remains deeply deficient. Fourteen people are now dead because we couldn’t even figure out that the female shooter used a false address on her visa application. It never even raised a flag.

The Islamic strategy is to infiltrate the country with as many jihadists as possible. They will have plenty of opportunity given the current administration’s plans to bring in tens of thousands of “refugees” from the most dangerous areas of the Middle East. Our vetting process will be overwhelmed.

Also consider that ISIS continues to spread and gain territory and followers despite our “War On Terror”. Iraq is essentially lost to terrorists and Syria would be also if it wasn’t for Putin stepping in to protect Assad’s government. Northern Africa is rapidly becoming ISIS controlled territory and there are no efforts to turn this evil tide back.

And don’t forget our Iran debacle. The biggest sponsor of terror in the world is now on the fast track to a nuclear weapon, enabled by our president’s fecklessness. They are violating important prohibitions against ICBM testing which puts our homeland in great jeopardy. This administration just looks the other way while Iran builds the capability to incinerate millions.

Clearly, the “War On Terror” is not accomplishing its goal of making us safe from terror. So what is it accomplishing?

For one, our government has established the ability to surveil our population beyond anything we would have thought possible before the “War” ensued. Our Internet lives are now captured down to the keystroke to supposedly insure the government can track and catch terrorists before they can execute their heinous plans. Our cell phone calls are also captured and I doubt what is recorded is limited to just the meta-data. Failure to detect the activities of the San Bernardino Two with all this surveillance must have been just a rare glitch!

Our airports are now subjecting our citizens to dehumanizing treatment. Granny is pulled out of an airport waiting line and all but strip searched because it would be racist to profile those that present the genuine risk.

Test after test show that guns and explosives make their way through airport inspection lines with impunity yet Americans are treated like suspicious cattle. It used to be that you could run through airports. Now we just want to run from them.

Instead of building up our military and national security assets, our administration slashes their budgets and increases IRS personnel by the thousands. Instead of clearly identifying the enemy and the ideology that motivates them, our administration prohibits all references to Islamic terror and promotes a “religion of peace” sham. Instead of embracing and encouraging the constitutional right to bear arms, this administration is hell-bent to disarm us and make this country one big killing field.

And, we are now saddled with trillions of dollars of additional debt with nothing to show for it.

Who is the “War” really targeting?

It’s clear the “War” has done little to make us safer. Instead it has made the cage we each occupy smaller. It is a cage woven together by increased government surveillance, coercion, and crushing debt. The government is taking our money, our freedom, and the lives of our children serving in the military, and is giving us in return a greatly diminished future. This has to stop.

We have to begin to disrupt, depose, and dissolve the Washington ruling elite. They no longer work for us but instead work to exploit us. We must use the coming election to put the most conservative candidate possible in the White House. I believe this is Ted Cruz, but it must be a Republican at all costs. Hillary must not be allowed to reign over Obama’s third term.

We must also get behind the movement to hold an Article 5 convention to amend the Constitution and end the Washington cartel’s hold on government. We must have term limits for Congress and the Supreme Court. We must have a balanced budget amendment that puts our financial house back in order. Senators should once again be appointed by the individual state legislatures and not elected by popular vote. These would be a good start to rein in an out-of-control behemoth rapidly crowding out individual liberty and freedom.

We have the tools and powers, my brothers and sisters. Let’s use them before the “War” takes them from us.

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About the author: John Tutten

John Tutten

John Tutten holds degrees in both engineering and business management. He is veteran of thirty-three years in the high technology business world where he spent time in development engineering and technology management predominantly in the area of custom semiconductor circuits. He recently retired to the mountains of north Georgia where he devotes his time to the study of Christian Apologetics and writing in defense of the Christian worldview.

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