This week, President Obama and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced their proposals for reducing our defense budget. Here are a couple of phrases from the President's introductory remarks to that announcement.
Now we’re turning the page on a decade of war...
...the tide of war is receding.
David Ignatius at the Washington Post noticed.
It was easy to miss the impact of Obama’s words: He was declaring that the era that began on Sept. 11, 2001, is over. Al-Qaeda’s top leader is dead, and most of its cadres are on the run; secret peace talks are under way with the Taliban. And across the Arab world, the United States is talking with Muslim Brotherhood and Salafist organizations that a few years ago might have been on terror lists. It’s a process that’s similar to the way Britain ended its long war with Irish terrorists, by engaging in negotiations with the IRA’s “political” wing.(Emphasis mine)
Want to talk about a transformational president? I'd suggest that closing the book on the 9/11 era would do it! Other than giving our economy a chance to get back on an even keel, I can't think of anything more important for this country.