The New Definition of War

Timothy McVeigh's terrorist attack in Oklahoma City had no radical Jihad “holy war” connections, thus he was correctly tried as an American citizen. The Boston bombings were an act of terror for the sake of a “holy war” waged on behalf of Islam as a religious duty to kill infidels. The soldiers of such a “war” are enemy combatants whether American citizens or not.

Obama adviser David Axelrod was quick to state that perhaps the Boston bombings occurred because it was “tax day.” This is an insult to Americans. It appears that there is an attempt by the Obama administration to deny the reality of Jihad on our shores, within our borders. The reluctance to tell Americans the truth is a dangerous game played at the expense of American lives. With every Fort Hood denial, Benghazi denial, Boston bombing denial of a Jihadist “holy war” is a gleeful snicker from our enemy and an emboldened foe.

Currently, the jihadists are beating us at our own game. We are being outsmarted. Our enemies are relying on the Obama’s administration’s remarkably stubborn lack of faith in its people. The Obama administration seems to think that Americans are not capable of both handling the truth and remaining vigilantly unbiased. Yet the collective American common sense knows the difference between a peaceful Muslim religion and its people and radical Jihadists and its soldiers, foreign and domestic. Americans also know a war when they see one.

The United States military oath: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." The initial oath in 1789 under President George Washington declared that the military was to defend the Constitution as well as to “solemnly swear or affirm (as the case may be) to bear true allegiance to the United States of America, and to serve them honestly and faithfully, against all their enemies or opposers whatsoever …. ”

Hence anyone, a foreigner or a domestic citizen, who engages in a Jihadist “holy war” to kill infidels as a religious duty is an enemy combatant.

An attack on the American people in the name of Jihad is an attack on America.

America’s survival depends on the wisdom and wise decisions that permeated her founding. The new reality is that Jihadists are now wrangling Americans to be their soldiers because they believe their American shield to be foolproof -- the American citizen Jihadist protected by the United States Constitution. Now it is time for America to call upon its innate wisdom. It is time to define a new criminal and Constitutional standard to deal with American citizen terrorists engaged in Jihad. It is time for the rules of engagement to change.