Ben Stein flatly disagrees with President Obama's apparent strategy concerning future U.S. involvement in the War on Terror.
It's this quote that concerns him:
"Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue," Obama said during his speech about the War on Terror recently, "but this war, like all wars, must end."
To Stein, that's a recipe for disaster. Here's why from his CBS News commentary today:
But how can we declare peace in the War on Terror when the terrorists are still making war on us?
There is no sign at all of any interest by the terrorists in stopping their attacks on us or our allies. There is no hint that al Qaeda is even remotely finished as an enemy.
Very much to the contrary. Although al Qaeda itself wasn't necessarily involved, we saw vicious terrorism at the Boston Marathon, and a staggeringly cruel act of terror in London virtually hours before Mr. Obama spoke.
Terrorists are bloodcurdlingly powerful in Africa, both in the Sahara region and in Sub-Saharan Africa.
How can we possibly declare peace in a war in which the other side is waging war aggressively against freedom and dignity all over the world?
The idea that we can unilaterally declare peace against an enemy on the attack is delusional, at best.
Long ago, before the U.S. had entered WWII, an American asked Winston Churchill why the British were fighting so desperately against the Nazis. "If we stop, you'll find out," said Churchill.
I hope Mr. Obama will ponder these words.
Peace, while the other side is still attacking, is not peace. It is surrender.
The following is the clip of Stein's commentary:
(H/T: CBS News)