In today’s news is a statement from Obama on his vision of the end of the war in Afghanistan. He doesn’t like the word “victory”, apparently (Fox News link);
“I’m always worried about using the word ‘victory,’ because, you know, it invokes this notion of Emperor Hirohito coming down and signing a surrender to MacArthur,” Obama told ABC News.
Find me the Emperor Hirohito in this picture of the surrender of Japan to General Richard K. Sutherland;
“We’re not dealing with nation states at this point. We’re concerned with Al Qaeda and the Taliban, Al Qaeda’s allies,” he said. “So when you have a non-state actor, a shadowy operation like Al Qaeda, our goal is to make sure they can’t attack the United States.”
More brilliance. I’m really glad that’s his goal. I was wondering about that, actually.