A New Narrative for the U.S.A.

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As last week’s SEAL strike on Osama bin Laden continues to sink in, the military codenames given to earlier efforts to eliminate this one-man terror superpower come to mind: Operation Infinite Reach was the Pentagon’s codename for the 1998 missile attacks on bin Laden’s compound in Afghanistan and a purported chemical facility in Sudan with tenuous links to bin Laden; and the original codename for the post-9/11 campaign actually was Operation Infinite Justice—not Operation Enduring Freedom. To be sure, these codenames are just words. But set against the backdrop of the last decade—and especially last week—these words have a deep meaning that is not lost on America’s enemies.

In short, the enemy is learning that the U.S. military has staying power—and gets its man. This is an important message to get across because America’s enemies—especially bin Laden and his ilk—grew to doubt both propositions over the last few decades.

From bin Laden’s vantage point, America talked tough but seldom if ever followed through. “When tens of your solders were killed in minor battles and one American pilot was dragged in the streets of Mogadishu, you left the area carrying disappointment, humiliation, defeat and your dead with you,” he yelped. “The extent of your impotence and weaknesses became very clear. It was a pleasure for the heart of every Muslim and a remedy to the chests of believing nations to see you defeated in the three Islamic cities of Beirut, Aden and Mogadishu.”

For the record, he was referring to the suicide bombing of the Marine barracks in Beirut, which killed 241 Marines and forced President Reagan to abruptly pull out a U.S. peacekeeping force; the “Blackhawk Down” debacle in 1993, which ended with 18 Americans killed in an ambush, the man responsible for the ambush—Farrah Aidid—granted safe passage and U.S. forces hastily withdrawn by President Clinton; and the 2000 USS Cole attack in Aden, which claimed 17 sailors and went unanswered. Add to this list Iran’s attack on the U.S. embassy in 1979, a humiliation which was never punished or avenged, and Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, which was reversed by a U.S.-led coalition but left Hussein in power and left many in the Middle East with the impression that America didn’t have the nerve to finish the job.

This is the prism through which bin Laden saw America. This is why he concluded, with a smirk, that America was a paper tiger lacking both the stomach and the staying power for the kind of war he unleashed on 9/11.

He was wrong.

Indeed, in my discussions with active-duty officers, many say the reason we had to go into Afghanistan and Iraq—boots on the ground—was not only to topple terror states like the Taliban’s Afghanistan, not only to remove regimes with the means and motives to do worse than maim Manhattan, not only to begin the long-overdue process of remaking the Middle East, not only to end the cynical realism that propped up Hussein and his kind, but to obliterate this notion that America could not or would not fight.

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  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/NaturalBornCitizen.htm Alexander Gofen

    The author attempts to prove that the American resolve to defend ourselves has finally moved from zero point, yet his historic review rather demonstrates the opposite. The inadequacy and lateness of America's response are stunning.

    To begin with, in words of Mr. Steyn, how come that Pakistan even dared to hide Osama? (We assume it was OBL who was successfully assassinated).
    http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0511/steyn050911

    Is this a long overdue operation really a reason to speak about "the changed narrative"? (The operation which was rather a trump card of the impostor: the card forced to be thrown on the table a bit prematurely).

    The deliverance of justice to the most wanted enemy happened shamefully late: Improperly late for a nation considered a super power.

    In the words if Yashiko Sagomori, America ceased to be a super power already 9/12/2001, because an attack against a superpower is presumed to be impossible! And if an attack nonetheless had happened, the enemies and their symbols are presumed to be evaporated the very next hour.

    Would it sound as a "change of narrative" (meaning a very decisive action) if say F.D. Roosevelt considered the Pearl Harbor attack as an "isolated police incident", and then waited for an opportunity to assassinate one important Japanese general ten years later?.. And if he waited all that time in spite of having an opportunity to obliterate the enemy symbols in a matter of hours?

    Alas, the main symbols of our modern enemy Mecca and Medina remain intact. If America's narrative were as the author describes, Mecca and Medina ought to be nuked on 9/12/2001, all mosques closed, Moslems rounded up and deported faster than they started to dance on the street "celebrating" the 9/11.

    • geez

      So true. Our leadership has been shamefully inadequate for decades. They are afraid to treat the enemy like the enemy. Why do we Americans continue to elect cowards like the empty suit currently taking us down the road to ruin? This manchild reads from tele-prompters when speaking to children for Gods sake. Here is someone with no original thoughts about anything trying to be a leader.

  • jhimmi

    "Alas, the main symbols of our modern enemy Mecca and Medina remain intact. "

    I think the responsibility for concluding that narrative will ultimately fall to Israel.

    • davarino

      Dang it, they get all the fun

      • intrcptr2

        Well, they have been bearing the brunt of this war for over 60 years already, and it likely won't be tomorrow when they finally pull the trigger.
        The next Arab-Israeli war will be another assault on the Holy Land, by the adherents of the religion of peace, answered with "fire from heaven", delivered by the true sons of Abraham.

  • muchiboy

    "not only to begin the long-overdue process of remaking the Middle East,"

    Long overdue indeed.And one must remind the home of the strong and free that America played ,and still does,a not insignificant role in shaping that very middle east that needs remaking,including the rogue Israeli state.Unless and until the Palestinian people are given the means to reverse and resolve their past injustices at the hands of the Israelis,the middle east will remain a danger to the region,America and the world.While America no doubt has the staying power befitting the greatest nation on earth,I doubt she has the balls and/or wisdom to treat Israel as the bad boy and regional destabilizer that she is.muchiboy

    • davarino

      Isreal is the bad boy? If her neighbors didnt start nothin, there wouldnt be nothin. "Palestinians" should use all that money the US gives them for something other than rockets to shoot at Isreal.

      By the way, where ever you live needs to be nuked also, cause your brain dont think good no more.

    • ajnn

      Oh mi gosh !!!! Muchiboy chimes in that 'it is all about Israel'.

      For the anti-semites, it is ALWAYS 'all about Israel'.

      Have you not noticed thayt when Libya went violent this month, the United States had no good options. When Jordan went violent a few years ago and Syria began an invasion, the United States had the 'Israel Option' and the violence was contained and an ally preserved.

      Geography precludes Israel from having any impact in Libya and so the situation has few good options. Murder, violence, mayhem. However, If EGYPT WAS STILL AN ALLY, think of ll the lives that could be saved in Libya..

    • MixMChess

      "Unless and until the Palestinian people are given the means to reverse and resolve their past injustices at the hands of the Israelis…"

      What past injustices? The ability to engage in the wholesale murder of Jews with impunity?

      "…to treat Israel as the bad boy and regional destabilizer that she is."

      What? Israel has been invaded and attacked countless times by her neighbors and is constantly bombarded with terrorism from the "Palestinians." But of course, she is the "bad guy." You're statement is so stupid it truly boggles the mind. Go back to your bottle and let the grown-ups talk m'kay?

      • Telly

        If you use the feminine pronoun shouldn't you say that she (Israel) is a bad girl?

        • MixMChess

          I was merely "quoting" muchiboy.

      • SpiritOf1683

        What? Israel has been invaded and attacked countless times by her neighbors and is constantly bombarded with terrorism from the "Palestinians." But of course, she is the "bad guy." You're statement is so stupid it truly boggles the mind. Go back to your bottle and let the grown-ups talk m'kay?

        Its what you expect from a Jew-hating Nazi like Naziboy, who should have been denied his Jewish-invented vaccines after he was born.

    • intrcptr2

      Forget 1948 much, muchiboy?

      It wasn't the Jews who jumped on the mandate in a vain attempt to push themselves into the sea.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      Actually, if you weren’t an unhinged loon and fanatically obsessed Jew hater totally consumed by inciting hatred and violence against Israel to help facilitate another mass genocidal holocaust of Jews, perhaps you’d realize that the global jihad, of which the genocidal jihad being waged against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel by the Islamic world via their proxies – the so-called Palestinians – is a smaller component of the global jihad that targets all unbelievers around the world and not just Jewish unbelievers. Not to mention also that the ongoing perpetual global jihad also predates the genocidal jihad being waged against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel by more than 1300 years.

      Indeed, the jihads being waged against the Hindu unbelievers in Kashmir, Jammu, and Mumbai, against the Buddhists unbelievers in southern Thailand, against the Christian unbelievers in the Philippines, against the Atheist and Orthodox Christian unbelievers in Chechnya and Russia, against the Christian Serb unbelievers in Bosnia and Kosovo, and against the Christian and animist unbelievers in the Ivory Coast, are all part of the same global jihad that also targets the Jewish unbelievers in Israel. Yet, even though Israel is part of the same global jihad that targets all unbelievers around the world, you single out Israel and only Israel for your unhinged opprobrium only because you are totally obsessed and consumed with hating Jews. Seek mental help for your very severe mental problems, as you aren’t fooling anyone you bigot.

  • jacob

    MUCHIBOY :

    I'm affraid your knowledge about the Arab-Israeli conflict won't fill a medicine caplet
    as you are just parroting what an abject, biased and for sale leftist media prints
    or broadcasts and most probably is it from there why you dare calling Israel a
    "rogue" nation

    Learn the historic facts and then make sure your brain is engaged before putting
    your hand or mouth into gear but if tou want to polemize with me over the subject,
    I'm fully at your disposal…
    Just make sure you come for wool and come out sheared….

    But asides from that, it was in the news that the Chinese were examining the
    helicopter that crashed during the bin Laden operation…

    Knowing the super-secret nature of this aircraft, wasn't it way more important to
    have destroyed it beyond recognition that to haul the body of this scum bag back
    to base in order to perform the Muslim burial rites most assuredly under orders
    of BARAK HUSSEIN OBAMA ???

    Can anybody calibrate in which hads are we ???

    • tanstaafl

      (Sarcasm) You dare to question the Obamahdi? The Soros Secret Society will target you, infidel!

    • ajnn

      "Knowing the super-secret nature of this aircraft, wasn't it way more important to
      have destroyed it beyond recognition that to haul the body of this scum bag back
      to base in order to perform the Muslim burial rites"

      excellent point. we lose billions in research benefits in the interest of 'political correctness'.

  • James

    New Narrative is a movement started in San Francisco in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The writers focus on experimenting with the narrative using fragmented stories, meta-text, and other techniques that are traditionally considered more “poetic.” Writing in the New Narrati..
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  • muchiboy

    "not only to begin the long-overdue process of remaking the Middle East,"

    There is much that is wrong in the middle east today.And like it or not,the Zionist inspired re -created Israel is responsible for much of that wrong.While Palestinians have wronged themselves and their children by their own bad choices,Israel,their supporters and yes,the Diaspora,are morally responsible and accountable for the miserable state(less) of the Palestinian people.In a very real sense,the life Israeli's e.g.Amero-Israelis,French Israelis,Russian Israelis,Ethiopian Israelis,etc.,ad nauseum,live was on the backs and sufferings of the Palestinian people,their women,children and families.While the Arab states need to acknowledge their considerable short comings,so do the Israelis.Their faults are considerable if not unconscionable,made even more so by their superior position in the region.Denial nor kicking and screaming does not mitigate guilt. muchiboy

    • MixMChess

      "…the Zionist inspired re -created Israel is responsible for much of that wrong."

      Wrong, and even the Arab/Islamic states and people disagree with you. The Arab Human Development Report commissioned in the mid-2000's found that most of the problems in the middle-east are due to rejection of modernity, tyrannical governments and lack of civil and human rights within ARAB/ISLAMIC STATES.

      You're such an idiot, go away.

    • MixMChess

      "Israel,their supporters and yes,the Diaspora,are morally responsible and accountable for the miserable state(less) of the Palestinian people."

      Wrong again! The Palestinians could have had a state in 1948 but instead they chose the path of war. Israel has repeatedly tried to make peace with the Palestinians and give them a state of their own (see 1948, 1967, 1973, 1988, 1993, 2000, 2005 and so on…).

      "In a very real sense,the life Israeli's e.g.Amero-Israelis,French Israelis,Russian Israelis,Ethiopian Israelis,etc.,ad nauseum,live was on the backs and sufferings of the Palestinian people,their women,children and families."

      You are LYING, the exact opposite is true. Lest we forget that the Israelis provide literally millions of dollars in financial aid and millions of tons of humanitarian aid to the Palestinians annually. The Palestinians have built their entire terrorist and hate-filled society on the backs and blood of Israeli children.

      I find it amusing that you have yet to cite one FACT, you can only provide mind-numbing rhetoric. Get a clue.

    • http://frontpagemag.com/2 AJE

      The security wall that separates Israel from occupied Palestine reminds me of the wall in German that once separated East from West Berlin.
      The feelings of the Irish Catholics in Belfast, Ireland, when I visited there some years ago, reminds we of how the Palestinians deal with a life seeing themselves as a 2nd class citizenry in a Holy Land they too have their heritage and traditional roots in.
      It's simply a mess.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    In short, the enemy is learning that the U.S. military has staying power—and gets its man.

    The US military may have staying power, but it sure in the hell doesn’t get it man. If it did, it would have focused its mission beginning in Afghanistan in 2001 entirely on only eradicating OBL and AQ. It never would have wasted thousands of young American lives and trillions of taxpayer’s dollars trying to lift up Muhammadans out of poverty, despair, and hopelessness, especially since those Muhammadans are obligated to have nothing but enmity in their hearts for unbelievers and thus winning their hearts and minds is absolutely impossible. Not to mention that poverty, despair, and hopeless have exactly zero to do with jihad, which is mandated by Allah to make Islam supreme over all.

    Indeed, in my discussions with active-duty officers, many say the reason we had to go into Afghanistan and Iraq—boots on the ground—was not only to topple terror states like the Taliban’s Afghanistan, not only to remove regimes with the means and motives to do worse than maim Manhattan, not only to begin the long-overdue process of remaking the Middle East, not only to end the cynical realism that propped up Hussein and his kind, but to obliterate this notion that America could not or would not fight.

    Hmm…just think if the mission starting in 2001 had concentrated only on eradicating OBL and AQ, and then as soon as that had been accomplished, we’d left. We would have made a far greater statement and created far more deterrence. However, instead of focusing only on eradicating OBL and obliterating AQ in 2001, we jumped into the middle of a jihad between the Sharia compliant Northern Alliance and the Sharia compliant Taliban, both sides, by the way, the enemies of all unbelievers, to pursue a silly fantasy based nation building mission of “remaking the Middle East” based on political correct and absurd myths about Islam, and once we became distracted by this altruistic fantasy based nation-building mission to lift Muhammadans up, who are obligated to hate our kafir infidel unbeliever guts no matter what, out of poverty, despair, and hopelessness, which has exactly zero to do with jihad, OBL and AQ with the help of Pakistan were able to vanish into thin air because America took its eyes off the birdy, since pursuing an altruistic silly fantasy based nation-building mission to lift up the Middle East for the greater collective good of the world transcended the killing OBL. I’m sorry, but you neo-cons are really liberals in disguise and you guys have totally emasculated the Republican Party, and as a result I have abandoned it. Good riddance.

  • muchiboy

    "your very severe mental problems, as you aren’t fooling anyone you bigot. "

    Perhaps if it were just me and my accusations,ObamaYo Moma,there might be reason for your false and flawed contempt for my opinions.But it is far more difficult to dismiss these same opinions when they are shared by many good meaning,intelligent and reasonable people everywhere,including Jews.muchiboy

    • MixMChess

      Right, folks like David Duke, Alex Jones and Norman Finkelstein are all well-meaning, intelligent and reasonable. None of them are anti-semetic hate-mongers. Oh wait….

  • muchiboy

    "most of the problems in the middle-east are due to rejection of modernity, tyrannical governments and lack of civil and human rights within ARAB/ISLAMIC STATES."

    Sure,I'd agree with that,MixMChess.Still doesn't dismiss the terrible impact and role Israel has had on the Palestinian people and the neighboring states.Israelis and their supporters fail to acknowledge their culpability here.They have a culture of impunity and what amounts to a "God given " right/culture of entitlement vis a vis Palestine,completely dismissing the rights of the Arab Palestinians.A Mortal sin if ever there was one.And who knows sin better then post Holocaust Jews.What price do you put on suffering? muchiboy

    • MixMChess

      "Still doesn't dismiss the terrible impact and role Israel has had on the Palestinian people and the neighboring states."

      Israel hasn't had a terrible impact on the Palestinians or its neighboring states. Recall, the Palestinians created this problem when they rejected partition in 1947. Any terrible impact was self-created by the Palestinians themselves, NOT Israel.

      In fact, Israel has tried everything in its power to improve the situation of the Palestinians. Israel shares its water, electricity and hospitals with the Palestinians. Israel provides the Palestinians with millions in annual aid. Israel provides the Palestinians with approximately one million tons in humanitarian aid annually.

      "Israelis and their supporters fail to acknowledge their culpability here."

      Israel has no culpability, the Palestinians need to acknowledge that they created their situation through belligerence, xenophobia and a refusal to accept compromise. Since, 1948, the Israelis have been trying to peacefully resolve the situation, its time the Palestinians did their part.

      "They have a culture of impunity and what amounts to a "God given " right/culture of entitlement vis a vis Palestine,completely dismissing the rights of the Arab Palestinians."

      This is laughable at best considering Israelis actively give territory to the Palestinians (see Gaza withdrawal in 2005) and have been trying to give the Palestinians a state countless times (1948, 1967, 1973, 1988, 1993, 2000… etc.). Why did the Palestinians refuse their own state in 2000 without even making a counter-offer?

      Your statement above more correctly applies to Palestinians. They think they have a "god given" right to the land free of Jews and dismiss any and all Jewish claims. If Palestinians had accepted a two state solution and didn't build a culture of hatred towards Jews there would be no conflict. All the problems in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict go back directly to the Palestinians themselves. That is an indisputable FACT.

      "A Mortal sin if ever there was one.And who knows sin better then post Holocaust Jews.What price do you put on suffering?"

      Cheapening the Holocaust. And you wonder why everyone correctly calls you out for being a Jew-hater? Seriously, you're an idiot.

  • muchiboy

    Me:"And who knows sin better then post Holocaust Jews."
    You:"Cheapening the Holocaust. "

    Firstly,the Holocaust is not sacrosanct to the point of being off limits to reasonable and valid comparisons.However,I don't think my reference here in any way cheapens the Holocaust.I merely meant to point out that after what Jews experienced in the Holocaust they,perhaps more then anyone,should be cognizant of human suffering and sin.If you take exception to this ,then so be it.No harm meant but I am making an important point.Yes,we can both agree that the image of so much Jewish suffering cannot be taken lightly,but it seems only I agree that Palestinian suffering cannot be so readily dismissed,either. I have always maintained the tragedy and irony of victims of the Holocaust marching out of the Death Camps having endured so much(too much,unimaginable,unconscionable,really) suffering to occupy Palestine where they in turn imposed unconscionable sufferings on the Palestinian people.Victims of victims, indeed.I think it says more about humanity then it does about either peoples. Again,MixMChess,I'm sorry if the topic and my severe observations are painful but the Jewish imposed sufferings and historical wrongs to the Palestinian people are real and need acknowledgement,too.If the Holocaust justifies acknowledgement and a sanctuary for Jews then the Nakba justifies similar acknowledgement and a sanctuary befitting a wronged people.muchiboy