What is the United States “War on Terrorism?” Answer: A Bush Administration propaganda term. What was the “War on Poverty?” Answer: A Johnson Administration propaganda term. The two share other qualities as well, both have been corrupt, both have been ruinously costly and both have failed in their stated purposes. Add to those, both are ongoing after more than two decades for terrorism and more than five decades for poverty.
While President Bush conveniently never clearly defined victory over terrorism, President Johnson, perhaps substituting hubris for wisdom, promised to eliminate poverty entirely. President Bush’s war continues and so does poverty. For non-utopians, it figures; terrorism is as endemic in Islam as poverty is in humanity. Both date back to their respective origins so far as we can tell.
If we examine said origins, neither president’s programs seem to make much sense. Removing stable governments, killing…
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