There are numerous other such public statements that explicitly state we are at war. The difference is this: President Obama doesn’t need to beat his chest to prove it, and – unlike the last Administration – we are not at war with a tactic (“terrorism”), we at war with something that is tangible: al Qaeda and its violent extremist allies. And we will prosecute that war as long as the American people are endangered.
That is exactly the right statement to make. Cheney and Bush used terrorism as a political game, instead of taking it seriously. For proof of that look no further than Afghanistan. We need to remind the American people that the President, the very one that Cheney is accusing of being “weak on terrorism”, has expanded the war on terrorism after Bush and Cheney ignored the real front line for years so they could launch a pet-project called Iraq.
People also need to be reminded that chances are the co-conspirators of the Christmas day attempt were released from Gitmo under the Bush administration, and there is a big chance that they became much more radicalized (or maybe even just became radicalized) while in Gitmo. We have seen a serious trend of this happening in the past and the Bush administration chose to ignore it. They turned Gitmo into a terrorist factory, which is why it needs shut down.