War on Terror

opinion Essay
959 words
959 words

Since the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis (Marfleet, 1997) in the sixties, the United States has become increasingly more relaxed as to the possibility of an attack on American soil. Since the attack on the Twin Towers in September of 2001, by the terrorist group al-Qaeda, the United States has again become more aware and alert to this possibility. Not only did the attack on the United States bring Americans together as a country united, it also brought on changes that included the newly developed Department of Homeland Security. Homeland Security is now charged with not only protecting the country and territories from another terrorist attack but also responding to an attack, man-made accident, and natural disasters. It is also responsible for monitoring the current threat of an attack against the United States.

The United States and the newly formed Department of Homeland Security (Department of Homeland Security) also watch which groups are the greatest threats against the United States. Al-Qaida still tops the list as the greatest threat to our country. Until recently Homeland Security had listed Osama Bin Laden as the leader of the group which tops the terrorist watch list. In May of 2011 (White House) the U.S. Navy, SEAL Team Six, killed Bin Laden in an early morning raid of his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. With this removal of this terrorist leader, America now has a new threat.

In a press conference in February of 2011, National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter stated “I actually consider Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, with Al-Awlaki as a leader within that organization, is probably the most significant risk to the United States homeland.” Anwar Al-Awlaki is a dual citizen on both the U...

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...t still seems another attack is not a question of “If” we will be attacked, but “when” we will be attacked.

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that since the cuban missile crisis in the sixties, the united states has become more relaxed as to the possibility of an attack on american soil.
  • Explains that the united states and the newly formed department of homeland security watch which groups are the greatest threats against america.
  • Explains that anwar al-awlaki is a dual citizen on both the u.s. and yemen. he encourages terrorism through the use of internet blogs, facebook, and you tube videos.
  • Agrees with the government in their assessment of the terroristic threat in reference to al-awlaki. terrorism seems to be a lernaean hydra in comparison.
  • Opines that the attack on the pentagon would most likely be a one-time event. the government has not told us of safety measures taken to protect such military targets.
  • Argues that with major targets removed from accessibility, they are more likely to step down to "soft targets." sporting events, converts, mail systems, and public transportation would all be prime targets for the next attack on freedom.
  • Opines that attacks on water plants and america's power grid would cause major problems for us. crippling the water supply could cause thousands of deaths just by itself.
  • Opines that america has always stood for freedom. we fight immigration with tougher laws and more border patrol agents when really we are the ones that invited them here.
  • Opines that the government's efforts to find and eliminate targets of national security seem to be working though. we have had no major incidents of attack on our soil since 9/11.
  • Cites gallup poll's barack obama job approval and department of homeland security. congress grills homeland security, intelligence officials.

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