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October 17, 2013

Could Obama Nomination of Jeh Johnson to Dept of Homeland Security Presage Intent to End the War on Terror?

By Rob Kall

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.

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From http://www.flickr.com/photos/42310076@N04/5226597871/: Jeh Johnson, (pronounced JAY) nominee for head of Department of Homeland Security
Jeh Johnson, (pronounced JAY) nominee for head of Department of Homeland Security by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

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 Napolitano. 

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.)

Johnson's Wikipedia page reports:
"...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."
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. 

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 this news. 




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Rob Kall is editor-in-chief, publisher and site architect of OpEdNews.com, President of Futurehealth, Inc, and an inventor. He hosts the Rob Kall Bottom Up Radio Show, aired in the Metro Philly area on AM 1360, WNJC. Over 200 podcasts are archived for downloading here, or can be accessed from iTunes. Rob is also published regularly on the Huffingtonpost.com

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