In an interview on NPR Gen. David Petraeus showed that logic is not a required course at the Army War college:
Q: A simple question that many in America are now wrestling with: Who is the enemy and what is the U.S. fighting for?
A: The enemy is extremism, we think, and it is extremism that comes in various forms.
I forget, is it the infantry or the artillery who are trained in extreme combat?
Isn’t moderation the best weapon against extremism? But if you do it too well you run the risk of being extremely moderate.
If the enemy is extremism does this mean we’re about to attack the X Games?
Maybe we could attack marketers who use the word extreme when ever they want to appear “hip” and “down” with the kids these days?
I look forward to the Armed Forces blowing up statues of Sen. Barry Goldwater who famously said that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice.
Isn’t going to war a very extreme act?
One definition of extremism is “any political theory favoring immoderate uncompromising policies.” Invade the vice president’s office immediately.
This reminds me of something George Bush the elder said during the first Iraq contretemps: “We are fighting to prove that might does not make right.”
The war on extremism makes the war on terror look good.