Panetta: Enemy Not Defined “By Any Religion, But By Their Actions” — Politico
Look, I get it. There’s about 1.2 billion Muslims in the world, and not all of them are the enemy. Heck, not even very many of them are.
But when the salient feature of the enemy is, by his own admission, his religion, you can’t bury your head in the sand and get by with feel good platitudes.
I understand that there is a balance in strategic communications and that we as a nation are well advised to impress upon the greater world that we are not invoking a crusade against Islam.
But if we can’t even admit to ourselves on the 9th anniversary of 9/11 that the enemy shouts his religious motivation from the rooftops (or minarets, as it were), how can we even pretend to have the communication skills needed at home, much less abroad.