We were not at war with them. We were not at war at all. But they were at war with us. They had been telling us so for a long time, but we ignored them. We should not have done so.
Now it is nine years since their major attack the largest attack ever on the American homeland. Some may have forgotten, but I have not. We still have an implacable enemy striving to attack us by whatever means they can manage by force of arms if they can, by deceit and deception otherwise.
Here's part of what we must remember: Our enemies are adherents of an all-consuming political ideology committed to world conquest. We can't meet them on just one battlefield. We must oppose them everywhere they bring their lies everywhere they attempt to subvert or attack us.
And we need to get ahead of the power curve and attack them where they are weakest, in logic and reality. Their entire ideology is based on deceit and deception and they must be made to understand that. The alternative is exterminating them like their predecessors in faith, the assassin and thug cults (now reduced to being just words in our dictionaries).