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Monday, March 10, 2008

The Thrill Is Gone

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Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a

law breaker, it breeds contempt for the law

--Justice Louis D. Brandeis

Never give in. Never, never, never,
in nothing great or small, large or petty,
never give in, except to convictions
of honor and good sense.

Never yield to force; never yield to the

apparently overwhelming might of the enemy

--Sir Winston Churchill


Terrorism is not a high-level existential threat to the U.S. Ranger has been saying this for 20+ years. The hyperbole surrounding the Phony War on Terror (PWOT©) and the resultant policies are far more dangerous to American security than are any terrorist operatives, including Osama bin Laden.

Former CIA officer Marc Sageman's book,
Leaderless Jihad, takes a non-emotional look at the data surrounding the 9-11 attacks. He finds that the PWOT is an unreasoned overreaction lacking proportionality to the cause. None of the presidential candidates seem to be addressing this salient fact.

WaPo's David Ignatius says,

"The heart of Sageman's message is that we have been scaring ourselves into exaggerating the terrorism threat -- and then by our unwise actions in Iraq making the problem worse. He attacks head-on the central thesis of the Bush administration, echoed increasingly by Republican presidential candidate John McCain, that, as McCain's Web site puts it, the United States is facing "a dangerous, relentless enemy in the War against Islamic Extremists" spawned by al-Qaeda (The Fading Jihadists.)"

Sageman says the first two waves of terrorists have been largely decimated. Those remaining -- 100 or so along the Pakistani frontier --
"are genuinely dangerous. . . and they must be captured or killed. But they do not pose an existential threat to America, much less a 'clash of civilizations'."

Even those 100+ are inconsequential to the welfare of America. They are local threats and cannot project their ill-will to the American Homeland. They cannot operate beyond their own backyard because they do not possess the skill sets to do so.

While they are containable, these 100 or so presently dictate American policy. Launching an armed attack was entirely the wrong approach.
It is like using a mallet to get rid of a ball of mercury; you now have 20 new balls of mercury, and will never catch them with the mallet approach. It is utter futility.

He identifies the current Third Wave of terrorists as a growing "leaderless hodgepodge" of thousands of "terrorist wannabes," criminals, crazies and crusaders who have gotten together via internet chat rooms and the like.
"They are disaffected, homicidal kids -- closer to urban gang members than to motivated Muslim fanatics."

The U.S. is growing these third-gen of terrorists via its martial actions. Sageman likens it to a fire that would have burned out, save for our pouring our $4/gallon gasoline on it.

He says the U.S. should "take the glory and thrill out of terrorism":

"As the threat from al-Qaeda is self-limiting, so is its appeal, and global Islamist terrorism will probably disappear for internal reasons -- if the United States has the sense to allow it to continue on its course and fade away."

Ignatius summarizes, "
Stop holding news conferences to announce the latest triumphs in the 'global war on terror,' which only glamorize the struggle. And reduce the U.S. military footprint in Iraq, which fuels the Muslim world's sense of moral outrage."

GWB is riding the gravy train that is the PWOT, and become a brilliant "war time leader," instead of the confused bumbler that he is. The PWOT has become a mantle of glory that our leader and his minions have wrapped themselves in, but the problem is not al- Qaeda.

The problem is an American leadership that needs their "evil empire" to justify their rapacious actions.

The Terrorist Long War is a fiction of the GWB White House.

--Jim and Lisa

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Anonymous Labrys the Bitter said...

I want to know is where were the books and media saying this very thing---that it is all bullshit----back when it began? When little old me screamed this, I got told I was just an aging housewife who didn't know jack cause I was "out of the loop." Sorry, you buttheads out there who have been kissing Bush-butt for the last seven years; being out of the intel analyst job for all these years didn't make me forget how to read between the lines!

Monday, March 10, 2008 at 1:10:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger The Minstrel Boy said...

the very strangest thing i've seen in recent months was when GWB was up there, with a straight fucking face, telling the turks that force is not the way to deal with the kurds.

they did exactly what he did, and he's chiding them.

pot, meet kettle, guess the fucking color.

my mind is horribly boggled.

Monday, March 10, 2008 at 3:24:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


I remember that moment too, utterly befuddled (borrowing the C in C's usual posture, for once.) I thought: So when did you become Richard Gere?

Monday, March 10, 2008 at 4:05:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


The naysayers nip at the heels, as though their vicious ad hominum somehow detracts from the fact of one's clear-sightedness.

You know what's what; let's hope the others who've been mainlining the claptrap come 'round.

Monday, March 10, 2008 at 4:07:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Old Bogus said...

Some people have been hearing it for a while, just not in the sheep pen (US).


Why does my verification word end with "gw"? Coincidence or . . .

Monday, March 10, 2008 at 4:08:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

old bogus,

As for the "gw" on your word verification, that is because we are secret operatives of the republican part. Word out, busted.

(We're going to remove that verification stop now that the dogs of war have been neutralized, for the time being.)

Monday, March 10, 2008 at 4:37:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Underground Carpenter said...

Before the PWOT, there was the Cold War. We were, for some reason or another, supposed to be terrified of the Soviets, the most incompetent bunch of idiots ever. Sandwiched around the Cold War was the fear of Communism. I never heard an explaination as to why we were supposed to be afraid of communism, but we obeyed and cowered. There has never been a shortage of things for the Home of the Brave to be afraid of.
As always, good post.

Monday, March 10, 2008 at 8:42:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Lisa said...


John Adams said, "Fear is the foundation of most governments." But Jefferson said, "A government afraid of its citizens is a Democracy.
Citizens afraid of government is tyranny!"

We ought to know our rightful power, and stop cowering.

Monday, March 10, 2008 at 8:57:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now even Doug The Buffoon Feith is throwing Bush under the bus

When Iraq first came up as an issue it didn't pass the small test. by 2001 we had total control of the Air UN Inspectors on the ground for years and every inch of Iraq under Spy Satt purview and yet somehow Saddam had WMD?

Yet all most of my peers could muster is War Lust and Hatred for anyone who dared use thier common sense.

Happy Now?

William Hazen

Monday, March 10, 2008 at 10:07:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Ranger Hazen,
When it's so simple that at least 2 rangers understand whats happening one must wonder why our leadership can't even grasp elemental concepts that are purely simple.
So what's the real agenda is the key question. jim

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 9:10:00 AM GMT-5  
Anonymous CSI said...

Due to 9/11, Bushie claims America Is At War for the first time since WWII. He is a Wartime President, with the special powers and considerations that entails. This is brilliant? insane? stupid? all three at once? Not even during the height of the cold war or Korea or Vietnam did a president have the sheer gall to proclaim himself a "wartime president". But now the title has been assumed in the fight against...a handful of poorly-funded terrorists.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 at 3:28:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


And since it's an open-ended war, why not make it an open-ended presidency. . .taking things to their GWB-logical end?

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 5:39:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Old Bogus said...

Who said that isn't the plan? To protect us, of course.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 6:17:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

old bogus,indeed to protect us , but from what ?jim

Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 6:43:00 PM GMT-5  

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