Suckered by the Obama administration

Foreign Policy in Focus
by Ira Chernus

05/29/09

I hate to admit it, but I’ve been suckered by the Obama administration. A few weeks ago the secretary of State announced, in effect, that the ‘war on terror’ was over. From now on, the mass media informed us, the United States would be fighting only ‘overseas contingency operations.’ There was so much buzz about the end of the war that I was moved to write a column, do radio interviews, the whole bit. Very exciting! Except that now we know it wasn’t exactly true. In his recent speech at the National Archives, the president himself said clearly that we’re still at war. We can still suspend the Constitution and imprison people indefinitely (the new euphemism is ‘prolonged detention’) because they are ‘prisoners of war’...

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