"Now that efforts by the US military against al-Qaida are in their 12th year, we must also ask ourselves: How will this conflict end? . . . . 'War' must be regarded as a finite, extraordinary and unnatural state of affairs. 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...Apparently this concept was a bit too much for Glenn Greenwald to comprehend.
"There will come a tipping point at which so many of the leaders and operatives of al-Qaida and its affiliates have been killed or captured, and the group is no longer able to attempt or launch a strategic attack against the United States, that al-Qaida will be effectively destroyed."
Last month, outgoing pentagon general counsel Jeh Johnson gave a speech at the Oxford Union and said that the War on Terror must, at some point, come to an end...The first thing to notice is that while Johnson referred to the "war on al Qaeda," Greenwald talks about the "war on terror." One can only assume that Greenwald prefers to use the framework of the Bush administration, since almost from day one of this administration the conflict has been refocused on al Qaeda.
But despite the happy talk from Johnson, it is not ending soon. By its very terms, it cannot.
But even more interesting is that Greenwald seems to be affirming that the actions he's spent so long criticizing (ie, detention, drones, etc) are indeed part of a "war." In that, he is agreeing with Attorney General Eric Holder. That pretty much negates every critique Greenwald has made of these policies given that he's based them all on domestic criminal laws - not the laws of warfare.
From there Greenwald's argument descends into gibberish. He basically says that because the current administration is engaging in these activities, they can't/won't stop...therefore the war is indefinite...therefore its wrong.
One has to wonder what happens to Greenwald's arguments when that "tipping point" that Johnson referred to is actually reached. He never addressed why the General Counsel at the Department of Defense would broach such a topic. Does he think Mr. Johnson just went rogue on the administration? Its much more likely that when that tipping point is reached, all of Greenwald's arguments will be shown to be false. And that's going to be pretty embarrassing for him. Therefore, the war cannot end.