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The commander Kirk Lippold who face terror firsthand when the USS Cole was attacked in October 2000.
The opening salvo in something that would be called 9/11.
Little more than a year later 9/11 of course.
Is so old not a left.
Now back to pre 9/11 to get things right matter if thinkable that.
Neil I am absolutely stunned in some ways because.
We did not start this war al-Qaeda and its supporters started and are continuing the war to this day.
And what the president needs to realize is that he may want to end a perpetual war.
But really it's just the landscape that's changing and we still need to do everything in our power to have the capability and credibility.
That he will exercise across the globe to defend our citizens and our security interest around the world.
Commendable worried me the most in the president's remarks -- -- -- -- -- and others of that of the same sort of sentiment is let's get back to pre 9/11.
That would be sort of like let's get back in the forties to pre Pearl Harbor.
The good old days eight -- it it wouldn't if we could -- the reality is we can't.
And that is a big.
The big -- and it's a big reality that we were attacked on our soil and to go back to thinking in terms of these attacks pre 9/11.
Forgets this simple reality that we had 9/11 that we had attacks on your chip.
Political desires don't match national security interest sometimes in the security of the nation must come first.
While the president may want to and perhaps try and manipulate the wording in the actions.
To appear to the American people that we are in a pre 98911.
Mindset that the number and types of attacks have decreased significantly.
From what we saw -- horribly on 9/11.
The reality of it is the scope of these attacks is increasing across the globe.
The number of attacks against American and our interest are increasing around the world.
And we have to be prepared not to turn this into a large scale criminal activity back with military force.
But in fact an ongoing continual war against radical Islam against the terrorists themselves and I don't care -- the -- one American.
For Americans or 101000.
You -- one of our citizens we will ruthlessly and relentlessly pursue you and we should use facilities like Guantanamo Bay.
As an intelligence facility so that we can find them bring them there and learn how to defeat them permanently.
Here's my big worry commander is and that.
Obviously do you distinguish between calling it a war on terror vs taking out each terrorist after an attack or what -- -- Some look at that it's just linguistic semantics whatever.
But it is part of a strategy that there is a concerted sentiment out there among those who wish to sell.
To coordinate their activities and to do something big to us and a lot of -- and start out small.
Ultimately were deemed to be far greater.
And that we Dodd's far greater things thanks to our efforts in this country under multiple administrations.
My theory is that if we ratcheted down not to call the war or treated as a war and not to see it is global and see it as global.
We will be done in by.
-- you you're absolutely right.
We are in a global war on terror the fact that this administration.
Wants to try and redefine -- so that they can have their own legacy for the future is this president gets ready to leave office.
Does not take away -- reality of what we are engaged in across the globe.
We must continue to fight it as a war deploy forces as necessary.
Go after people like those that did that horrific attack in London.
And we just have to hold them accountable and again when you look at the fact that he wants to close Guantanamo Bay.
That may be nice for political consideration.
But where in the world are we going to capture these people not conveniently and morally lay's -- kill them with a drone.
But bring them when we want to find out how they're conducting these operations how their financing operations.
And actually learn how to defeat them we can't do that -- we have an intelligence facility.
Like Guantanamo Bay that's just -- -- reality that the administration does not want to come to terms with it.
The seminal event this week -- and -- -- -- -- because you've been more than patient and kind of that is that.
We went from from avoiding terms like a boat war on extreme Muslims.
-- -- -- -- To now extending it just -- don't you like using the word global war on terror those words together we said them individually.
We will no longer use them together what did you just make of that we extended it.
Beyond just defending -- trying not to offend.
The Muslims to just not even using global war on terror.
I think trying to you're changing the -- -- the reality of it is.
It is a global war on terror it is a war on terror -- you wanna try and change it.
What needs to make sure we happen is that we are consistent it policy and action across the globe.
That we continue to go after these people.
And that we continue to kill or capture them as necessary to glean intelligence required in order to safeguard our citizens and our national security interest.
That's the president's job.
Semantics are going to keep us safe.
Action will guard commander thank you very much and knowing that it took it wasn't as Fred Astaire might have been able to say get what you say tomato -- -- -- motto.
I said terror and it is global.
And it is everywhere we've got to wake up to -- thank you've ever much.
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