Barack Obama and The War on Terror

By: Jon Patrick Blevins

The War on Terror

The War on Terror, also known as the Global War on Terrorism, first started after the bombing on the Twin Towers, 9-11. George W. Bush was the first to use the phrase "The War on Terror." In 2013, Obama ended the War on Terror saying "We must define our efforts not as boundless 'Global War on Terror,' but rather as a series of persistents, targeted efforts to dismantle specific networks of violent extremists that threaten America.

On September 11, 2001, Al-Qaeda forces hijacked four airliners. They flew two of the airliners into the Twin Towers, one into the Pentagon, and the last one was suppose to hit the White House, but the passenger on board fought back and flew the plane into a field in Pennsylvania. ISIS is a terrorist group that has inspired people to attacks U.S. officials and police officers and they are known for the 130 kills they made in Paris. Dick Cheney was the leader of the Secretary of Defense and he directed Operation Desert Storm. Donald Rumsfield was crucial in the planning of the wars in Iraq and Afganistan and he was also to blame for the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal.

5 Facts about The War on Terror

1. Obama changed the name to "Overseas Contingency Operation"

2. Obama's administration refused to use the phrase "Global War on Terror"

3. Obama used the phrase War on Terror in his inaugural address.

4. Obama was the one to end the War on Terror

5. Obama thought America needed to spend its time are enemies and not on tactics.

Map of War on Terror

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