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How the War on Terror Changed the Way America Fights - The Atlantic

How the War on Terror Changed the Way America Fights - The Atlantic | War on terror | Scoop.it
The Atlantic
How the War on Terror Changed the Way America Fights
The Atlantic
Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, 'war' has come to mean something different for the U.S.

Via Klage Van Vark
Maddison Stursma's insight:

This article talked about how the war has slowed down america. It also talked about how we want peace and don't want to be in any more wars unless there is no option


Joe Blauw's comment, September 27, 2013 1:29 PM
since 2001 the US's definition of war is we send in foot troops to help rebuild after a terrorist attack
yongyee yang's comment, October 2, 2013 1:11 PM
I think that although we may be tired of fighting in wars that we weren't involved in, it'd still be smart to join anyway. I think that we should do this because we didn't join WW2 until a while, and that cost us a lot just because no one would stand up to Hitler. What I'm trying to say is that we should do it anyway so that we could hopefully keep things in check before they get out of hand.
katelyn kime's curator insight, October 2, 2013 4:39 PM

This article was very powerful on what Obama wants to do. HIs opinon of going to war in Syria is now to not go to war. He says we have been to war with Iraq, Afganastian and that people don't want to go to war with another country. Obama is letting congress vote on it but as of right now he doesn't want to go to war with them. 

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Obama:U.S. remains prepared to act on Syria if diplomacy fails

Obama:U.S. remains prepared to act on Syria if diplomacy fails | War on terror | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - President Barack Obama vowed on Saturday that Syria will be held to account if it fails to live up to its promises to surrender chemical weapons as he faced questions about how a deal brokered by U.S. and Russian diplomats would be enforced.

In a statement, Obama said a framework deal was an important, concrete step toward getting Syria's chemical weapons under international control so they can ultimately be destroyed. The deal emerged from Geneva talks between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

"While we have made important progress, much more work remains to be done," said Obama.

Obama has been bombarded with criticism for his handling of Syria and a muddled message. First, he took U.S. forces to the brink of a military strike over an August 21 poison gas attack in Syria that Washington blames on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. He then asked Congress to authorize the strike, but less than a week later requested lawmakers hold off on a vote to allow diplomacy more time.

He now faces questions about how the Syrian diplomatic deal will be enforced. Senior administration officials said on Friday the United States will not insist that the use of military force be included among the consequences Syria would face in a U.N. Security Council resolution being negotiated, in order to avoid a Russian veto.

Obama, in his statement, insisted that the United States "remains prepared to act" should diplomatic efforts fail.

But Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who have sharply criticized Obama's handling of Syria, said the deal is meaningless unless backed up with the threat of military force.

"It requires a willful suspension of disbelief to see this agreement as anything other than the start of a diplomatic blind alley," they said.

But Nancy Pelosi, leader of the Democratic minority in the House of Representatives, disagreed. She said the agreement will allow for enforcement under the U.N. charter's Chapter 7, which covers the use of military force.

"The firm and united response agreed upon today to end Syria's deadly use of chemical weapons was only made possible by a clear and credible threat of the use of force by the United States," said Pelosi.

Via littlebytesnews, Klage Van Vark, Alexa Dingeman
Maddison Stursma's insight:

This article talked about how Obama is talking with Syria to try to get them to get rid of their chemical weapons. Obama is going to use military force if negotiation does not work


littlebytesnews's curator insight, September 14, 2013 11:41 PM

The US has no interest in Syria. It's not our war, it's a civil war within and both sides are enemies of the US. Humanitarian aid and support to refugees is all we should provide. It is treason to be providing arms to our enemies, and use our military as their defense. Here are the 'moderate rebels' Kerry and Obama speak of: One Photographer’s Witness to a Brutal Execution in Syria -by @SenJohnMcCain and Obama rebels http://ht.ly/oPTTa  ;
Sadly Obama wants to arm the same people who are committing such atrocities and who are killing the Christians who remain in Syria. We can not and should not be a part of this heinous crime.


Latest updates:

Syria Signs Chemical Weapons Pact -Won't give up unless Obama revokes threat  http://sco.lt/5ahUFV


Obama Insists: Assad must Step Down http://t.co/RQeQJBFXaN


Obama wants war&wants Assad out>RT @mfs001: Lavrov: As Syria to put chem arms under int'l control, strike unnecessary.  http://t.co/jzffq2FyNp


MT @majorcbs:Carney concedes military threat receding from#Syria matrix w/Kerry saying it"might"be used&no US demand to enforce CW disposal


WATCH:This brutal video montage highlights the White House’s confusing stance on Syria http://t.co/uKPztwQLN4 //Contradictions


John McCain: "Bashar Assad's air [force] started flying and attacking the rebels again today" http://t.co/t0SEeDA1U0 //GOOD


US Military tasked with hunting down the Benghazi attack suspects in Lybia had their 'Stuff' Stolen. http://www.mfs-theothernews.com/2013/09/us-military-tasked-with-hunting-down.html




US calls on Syria to declare all chemical arms 'quickly' http://t.co/Q3XCYnC01L ;


Obama's Syria Rebels Slit Man's Throat ~> Wouldn't Convert ~> Taunt Fiance ~> Jesus Didn't Save Him http://t.co/k6cePf1CS2


Witnesses report desecrations, forced conversion to Islam in Syrian Christian village http://t.co/NscNCGsSsm


AFP:French FM says UN inspectors report on the chemical weapons attack in Syria will "probably" be published Monday


15th Member Of Congress Suggests Impeaching Obama http://t.co/1lZ09tdpLE //suggest,what are they waiting for?Arrest him!!


Syrian Rebels pledge their allegiance & loyalty to work for al-Qaeda leader, Sheik al-Zawahri. #Iran http://t.co/5wwduHM35L


ICYMI:Video:Belgian journalist held prisoner in Syria says rebels used gas http://sco.lt/5lmkjJ


RT @realjameswoods: Excellent assessment and recap of#Benghazi betrayal by Clinton and other cohort/cowards http://t.co/5m0nW2Rc5b


Or arming Iran>RT @colormered:Putin didn't mention this in Op-Ed.Russia’s‘carrier-killer’Moskva enters Mediterranean http://t.co/8tMOwgYzjS


U.S. can’t prove Bashar Assad approved chemical attacks in Syria |   http://sco.lt/5D0a7F 


Rohani: Iran won't give up 'one iota' of nuclear rightshttp://sco.lt/5zcQGv


Obama Open To Diplomacy After Samantha Powers Said Exhausted All Options http://sco.lt/73Jjjl


Kerry Rhetorically Speaks,Russia& Syria Like 'Rhetorical' Idea for Averting War   http://sco.lt/7m8xyj ;


Assad loyalists "forming human shields" to protect from US strikes  http://sco.lt/6Aeb1F


 China, joins Russia, Has Warships “Observing” Close to Syria http://sco.lt/6EQept ;


The U.S. has intercepted an order from Iran to militants in Iraq to attack the U.S. Embassy and other American interests in Baghdad in the event of a strike on Syria, http://ht.ly/oCmzK


Video: “Allahu Akbar!” @SenJohnMcCain, @statedept allies caught Executing Restrained Kneeling Pro-Assad Civilians http://sco.lt/87DDcH ;


Iran Threatens To Unleash Hezbollah, Kidnap Americans If U.S. Strikes Syria  http://sco.lt/6dAmgr ;


Video:Terrorists Coming Thru Southern Border;Hezbollah training in Mexico! http://sco.lt/8zAOJ7 ;

and likely in the US already as sleeper cells, thanks to our porous borders that this threat from Iran could become a reality if Obama strikes Syria. 


Putin right,Kerry lied:Top intelligence reports   confirm jihadists overpowering 'moderates' | http://sco.lt/7cYWVF ;


The Truth About Al Qaeda Infiltration in Syria http://sco.lt/7wmiZN


Allen West to Congress: Don't Let Obama Make You a Scapegoat for Syria  http://sco.lt/5QMOmn ;


Obama gets Cold Feet -Syrian's celebrating&call admin a joke  http://sco.lt/8ULZuj


EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack http://sco.lt/5ugDFR ;


Syrians vow to “burn America’s skies” on Obama’s Facebook  http://sco.lt/8JmIMr ;


A report released on Monday contains an email exchange between two senior officials at British-based contractor Britam Defence where a scheme 'approved by Washington' is outlined explaining that Qatar would fund rebel forces in Syria to use chemical weapons.

Barack Obama made it clear to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad last month that the U.S. would not tolerate Syria using chemical weapons against its own people.





Russia warns US of 'catastrophic consequences' of Syria intervention http://sco.lt/8PtJ5d



On Fox News today with Neil Cavuto: Wayne Simmons frmr CIA op claims he has human evidence that the FSA is the secular/humanitarian group&the US shld help&bomb Syria air&palace...however that's contrary to other reports, including reports from victims of the attack.



video evidence shows Syrian rebels using the chemical weapons in Syria  https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=194084144098569&set=vb.1390539321171537&type=2&theater


UN Diplomat: Jihadists May Have Used Gas - Not Assadhttp://sco.lt/5YnWCX ;

Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad’s regime: U.N. official

Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior U.N. diplomat said Monday.

Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent.



Liberal Hypocrisy in Iraq and Syria

http://frontpagemag.com/2013/dgreenfield/liberal-wmd-hypocrisy-in-iraq-and-syria ;


President Obama is weighing a military strike against Syria that would be of limited scope and duration, designed to serve as punishment for Syria’s use of chemical weapons and as a deterrent, while keeping the United States out of deeper involvement in that country’s civil war, according to senior administration officials.

The timing of such an attack, which would probably last no more than two days and involve sea-launched cruise missiles — or, possibly, long-range bombers — striking military targets not directly related to Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, would be dependent on three factors: completion of an intelligence report assessing Syrian government culpability in last week’s alleged chemical attack; ongoing consultation with allies and Congress; and determination of a justification under international law.



Remember Bashar the Reformer?

American officials who for ego or because of animosity toward George W. Bush did their best to end Assad’s isolation. It’s always fun to read their statements reporting Assad’s willingness to solve mutual problems.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca.), who took time out to tour the markets to maximum benefit for Syrian state television.Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), more John Kerry, and even more John Kerry. That second story reminds how the Obama administration once went so far as to give Syria spare parts for its planes.The late Sen. Arlen Specter (R-Penn.), at the time still a Republican, might have acted as a tour guide: His trip with Nelson and Kerry was his 16th taxpayer-funded trip to Damascus, and it was not his last.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may not have gone herself, but she used her senate colleagues’ experience meeting Assad to justify her description of him as a reformer. “There’s a different leader in Syria now,” she told CBS’s Face the Nation, explaining, “Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer.”Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) spent nearly $8,000 on two trips to Damascus, while Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) spent nearly twice that, according to Legistorm.Gen. David Petraeus repeatedly asked President George W. Bush for permission to go tête-à-tête with Assad in Damascus; let’s be glad Bush said no, both because it saved Petraeus the embarrassment and denied Assad a propaganda coup.

Perhaps in this age of budget-cutting, it would be useful to ask Pelosi, Kerry, and Nelson—all of whom still serve publicly—about what in hindsight they see as the value of their trips to Syria



 U.S. 'backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria and blame it on Assad's regime' | http://sco.lt/5MRT4j





Klage Van Vark's curator insight, September 27, 2013 1:37 PM

Obama is holding Syria accounted for to get rid of all Chemical Weapons. Barack vowed that we will stand up for what he said and that if all weapons are not out at the time the US will not use military force if not needed.

Alexa Dingeman's curator insight, October 2, 2013 1:28 PM

The article is about how Obama is trying to talk with Syria to give up there chemical weapons so they can be destroyed for good. He wanted to take forces and stike on Syria in August 21 but the citizens did not want to go into the war. Obama saw that if he did not have support of the US citzens then would not win. Obama is ready to use foce if the negotiation does not work.

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Obama tells US nation Syria 'not another Iraq or Afghanistan' - Jerusalem Post

Obama tells US nation Syria 'not another Iraq or Afghanistan' - Jerusalem Post | War on terror | Scoop.it
The Independent Obama tells US nation Syria 'not another Iraq or Afghanistan' Jerusalem Post WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama told his war-weary country on Saturday that America needs to use limited military force in Syria to deter future...

Via Kaytline Schroder
Maddison Stursma's insight:

This article talks about how there is hope that we wont go into war again


Kaytline Schroder's curator insight, September 20, 2013 2:23 PM

This is also just awesome. It gives us hope that we won't be going to war again.

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African Leaders Call for Coordinated Fight Against Terrorism on Continent - Voice of America

African Leaders Call for Coordinated Fight Against Terrorism on Continent - Voice of America | War on terror | Scoop.it
Voice of America
African Leaders Call for Coordinated Fight Against Terrorism on Continent
Voice of America
"Terrorist acts and transnational organized crime, including arms and drug trafficking, threaten stability.

Via Matthew Bryan Vos
Maddison Stursma's insight:

This article is about how Obama is thinking of a plan to try and stop terrorisim in the us


Matthew Bryan Vos's curator insight, October 2, 2013 3:23 PM

I really like how were thinking and contriving on a plan to stop terrorism on the contient and having all the leaders there to work out issues and comprimise on a solution. realisticly we would have no clue going to war with africa on our side and with arms and drug trafficking involved it would have us spreaded out very far with all the cartel's and the dealers it would create chaos in finding terroists with the dealers in the trafficking situation.

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Panorama: The Brothers Who Bombed Boston

Panorama: The Brothers Who Bombed Boston | War on terror | Scoop.it

On the 15th of April, in the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11, two homemade bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring more than 200 participants and spectators. With interviews with those who knew them, Panorama reporter Hilary Andersson explores how the two suspected bombers - brothers raised and educated in the US - became radicalised, and asks if America's war on terror has come home.

Via @AngloCatalans, katelyn kime, Alexa Dingeman
Maddison Stursma's insight:

This article talks about how the Boston bombing was the worst terrorist attack on America since 9/11. The brothers that set off the bombs were Americans

Corin McKinstrey's comment, October 2, 2013 11:52 AM
I think that this article is very interesting. It makes you wonder if the government really is looking at the right people that could be a threat to the US. I think that it realtes very well since it is an attack on the US from foreign born citizens. I think that the war on terror is a very big issue and that it should be watched carefully.
Laurel Stelter's comment, October 2, 2013 11:54 AM
This article really grabbed my attention. I think that the people of the US need to realize that they are not being spied on. They are being protected. I feel that Muslims do not need to be concerned about the camera. If they aren't going to cause any harm, the camera shouldn't bother them.
Joe Blauw's comment, October 2, 2013 1:11 PM
It was devastating that it was in our home country and it was a person who lived in america for a few years
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US ready to begin major drawdown of troops, equipment from Afghanistan - McClatchy Washington Bureau

US ready to begin major drawdown of troops, equipment from Afghanistan - McClatchy Washington Bureau | War on terror | Scoop.it
McClatchy Washington Bureau
US ready to begin major drawdown of troops, equipment from Afghanistan
McClatchy Washington Bureau
A soldier prepares to move one of about 1,300 shipping containers on the German-led NATO base in Kunduz.

Via Kaytline Schroder
Kaytline Schroder's curator insight, September 20, 2013 2:21 PM

I think this is great. We are finally starting to leave Afghanistan & this article really shows that it's true, we are leaving. 

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US withdraws military equipment through Pakistan

US withdraws military equipment through Pakistan | War on terror | Scoop.it
The US military has started to withdraw equipment from Afghanistan through Pakistan ahead of next year's deadline for combat troops to leave the war against the Taliban, an official said Monday.


Two convoys, each hauling 25 shipping containers, entered Pakistan at the Chaman and Torkham border crossings on Sunday as part of the US redeployment of equipment from Afghanistan, US Lieutenant Colonel Les Carroll told AFP.

"The passage of these convoys marks the first US shipments from Afghanistan through Pakistan since July 2012," Carroll said.

Pakistan in July temporarily stopped NATO traffic after gunmen attacked NATO trucks, killing a driver, in the northwestern border town of Jamrud.

Islamabad also imposed a seven-month blockade on NATO traffic passing overland to Afghanistan after US air strikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on November 26, 2011.

Carroll told AFP that the two convoys had been sent through Pakistan as a "test" as the military decides how best to withdraw the huge amount of US and NATO equipment in Afghanistan, more than 11 years after a US-led invasion brought down the Taliban.

"There are still 100,000 men and 200 bases. Some of the equipment will stay (in Afghanistan), some of it will be redeployed," Carroll said.

"We have got to use any feasible way to do that. The northern route and of course air are other solutions."

Pakistani-US relations have now largely recovered and the outgoing US commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen, and his successor, General Joseph Dunford, on Thursday held talks with Pakistani army chief of staff, General Ashfaq Kayani.

The New York Times reported last month that in the next two years NATO forces are expected to remove about 70,000 vehicles and 120,000 shipping containers from Afghanistan, and the way out will require rail lines and well-surfaced roads.

Although Pakistan is the most efficient and cheapest route, the blockade and Pakistan's past demands for more money have made Western officials wary of over reliance on Islamabad.

Via SASFOR, Kaytline Schroder, Sydney Cummings
Maddison Stursma's insight:

This article is about how there is a hope that we wont need to go to war with Pakistan. We dont need to get involved in a war that we dont need to be involved in

Allie Moore's comment, October 1, 2013 9:48 PM
I think our nation is doing a good job to stay together as one and fight this war on terror together and we have other countries to help us out. I also think that it is smart of us to take the cheapest and most efficient way out of this war on terror.
Molly Langstraat's comment, October 2, 2013 11:54 AM
I think that this is a good thing. It will keep us together as one nation to fight this war on terror. I think that we should try to take the cheapest and least violent route possible. But it is something that will have to be controlled as time goes on.
Kaytline Schroder's curator insight, October 2, 2013 12:02 PM

I think this is absolutely awesome. It gives Americans hope that we won't have to go to war with Pakistan. Or in fact, another war that we don't need to be involved in. If they aren't bothering us then there is no reason to have us bother them. 

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Obama welcomes Syria chemical weapons deal but retains strikes ...

Obama welcomes Syria chemical weapons deal but retains strikes ... | War on terror | Scoop.it
U.S. senators are now floating the idea of an assassination court as a way to rein in the ever-expanding drone program.


It sounds like an Orwellian idea from a futuristic sci-fi movie. Government officials gather in a secret courtroom, poring over documents and weighing whether to approve the fly-by killing of a suspected terrorist. 

If the judges say yes, the target dies. If not, the target lives.


But U.S. senators are now floating the idea of an assassination court as a way to rein in the ever-expanding drone program -- a secretive operation that, as it is, sounds like thriller fiction, but isn't.


The idea was bandied about during Thursday's confirmation hearing for CIA director nominee John Brennan, who fueled the talk by saying he thinks the concept is "worthy of discussion." The nominee, as a vocal supporter of the targeted-killing program, has come under scrutiny for what some lawmakers see as the administration's unchecked power to kill, even if the target is an American citizen. 


Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said as part of an effort to regulate the killing, she wants to review proposals to create something similar to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court -- which reviews requests for wiretaps against suspected foreign agents -- for drone strikes

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, is pushing the idea the hardest. 

According to his vision, the drone court would be an avenue for U.S. officials to argue in secret before a judge why an American citizen should be targeted for death. He said it would be like "going to a court for a warrant" and proving probable cause.


Except in this case, the judge would be ruling not on a search warrant or a wiretap -- but a missile strike from thousands of feet in the air, and thousands of miles away.


"If you're planning a strike over a matter of days, weeks or months, there is an opportunity to at least go to some outside-of-the-Executive Branch body like the FISA court in a confidential and top-secret way -- make the case that this American citizen is an enemy combatant," he said. 

Via sebastian Martin, Kaytline Schroder
Maddison Stursma's insight:

This article talks about how Russia and Obama have come up with an agreement that after three days they will stop chemical weapons in syria. If production continues obama will use military strike

Dontae Morgan's comment, October 1, 2013 9:36 AM
I think obama is making the right decision about this. Because if syria does not agree or does not do it at all i think the US should step in and do something about it.
Kaytline Schroder's curator insight, October 2, 2013 12:00 PM

I think this is good. Syria is a threat to America because of their chemical weapons. 

sebastian Martin's curator insight, October 3, 2013 4:04 PM

Syria has to provide a list of their chemical weapons to the United States. Obama wants to disarm them of their weapons. Obama keeps changing his mind about what to do. Syria is killing their own people and have killed over 1,400 people. He is working with Russia to come up with a plan. In my opinion, I think it is ridiculous that they can bomb their own people and not get a consequence for it. It is not right.