It's official - the grand "War on Terror" is over.
And we lost.
We lost credibility among the rest of the democratic nations because the "War on Terror" was revealed as nothing more than a cheap political trick to practice some good old-fashioned nation building.
And we lost our way as a nation for 6 long years as the the White House was occupied with lie after lie and deceit after deceit in attempting to keep us fighting a "war" that was just a sham.
Over 4,000 American soldiers lost their lives, and their families lost a loved one, a wife or husband, a brother or sister, a Dad or Mom.
And billions upon billions of American taxpayer dollars have been lost, wasted away on a phony war.
We lost the "War on Terror" in another very big, very important way as well. We allowed terrorism to drive our nation in the wrong direction - we allowed terrorism to rule us by dictating our nation's prime directive for over 6 long years.
And now it's over, at last.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday the Obama administration had dropped "war on terror" from its lexicon, rhetoric former President George W. Bush used to justify many of his actions.
"The (Obama) administration has stopped using the phrase and I think that speaks for itself. Obviously," Clinton told reporters traveling with her to The Hague for a conference on Afghanistan, which Bush called part of his "global war on terror."
The term "war on terror" was coined after the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States, which were planned in Afghanistan by the militant group al Qaeda.
The phrase was strongly criticized by human rights groups who said it was used to justify many actions, such as the opening of the Guantanamo Bay prison for detainees held without trial at the U.S. Naval base in Cuba.
Internationally, the phrase was seen by critics as a "with-us-or-against-us" philosophy, overly dependent on military force and what many Muslims decried as an attack on Islam.
Since taking office on January 20, Obama has moved swiftly to reverse some of Bush's practices, ordering the closure of Guantanamo within a year and an end to harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects.
"I have not heard it used. I have not gotten any directive about using it or not using it. It is just not being used," said Clinton when asked whether the term had been officially dropped by the Obama administration.
Clinton has said one of her main roles as top U.S. diplomat is to improve the U.S. image abroad, particularly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003.
She has embarked on aggressive public diplomacy during her visits to Europe, the Middle East and Asia, seeking to reach out to ordinary people.
...just as Obama reached out to ordinary people here in the United States, and began the process of healing our nation.
It's a long journey - we wasted a lot of time and money and lives getting here, and it's going to take a lot of time and money to get this nation back on track.
But the good news is the war is over, and we can start the process of rebuilding our nation back to its glory days again.
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