President Obama has announced that he's nominating Jeh Johnson
to fill the role of head of the Department of Homeland Security
since it was left vacant in September by Janet
Frankly, I was expecting someone really bad to be appointed.
There may be a ray of hope with this nomination. Obama may have
selected Johnson, who served as the top lawyer-- ie., General
Counsel, for the Pentagon, during his first term in office-- as the
person who may be able to transition the US from a war on terror to
a law enforcement effort against individuals. His pentagon
connections may enable him to get the generals at the Pentagon to
allow their hands to be pried off of the terrorism trigger (thank
you former NRA spokesman Charlton Heston for the words.)
From a lefty/progressive standpoint, Johnson is far from perfect.
He's helped Obama refine his legal position on the use of drones--
not good. But he also played a key role in ending the ban on gays
and on the "Don't ask, Don't Tell," policy in the military.
"...at the Oxford Union in England in November 2012,
shortly before his resignation, Johnson delivered a widely noted
address entitled "The conflict against al Qaeda and its affiliates:
how will it end?"in which he predicted a "tipping point" at which
the U.S. government's efforts against al Qaeda should no longer be
considered an armed conflict, but a more traditional law
enforcement effort against individual terrorists. Johnson stated:
- ""War' must be regarded as a finite, extraordinary and
unnatural state of affairs. War permits one man -- if he is a
"privileged belligerent," consistent with the laws of war -- to
kill another. War violates the natural order of things, in which
children bury their parents; in war parents bury their children. In
its 12th year, we must not accept the current conflict, and all
that it entails, as the "new normal.' Peace must be regarded as the
norm toward which the human race continually strives."
This is still breaking news and I'm justing letting my inner
optimist find a ray of hope. Meanwhile, please consider this an
open thread and add your observations, research and comments on
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