Mark Davis

Another area mosque preached to members of the Virginia Jihad Network, who plotted to kill American soldiers after 9/11 and praised the space shuttle Columbia disaster as a 'good omen' for Islam.

The area also includes two luxury apartment high-rises that erupted into cheers when the World Trade Center fell on 9/11. Law enforcement has dubbed them the 'Taliban Towers.' Investigators routinely find posters and computer screen savers celebrating Osama bin Laden as a hero.

Down the street is a Saudi charitable front for al-Qaida once run by bin Laden's nephew. The U.S. branch of the dangerous Muslim Brotherhood is in the same office park. Farther down in Alexandria is the Saudi madrassa that's graduated several terrorists, including the al-Qaida operative who plotted to assassinate President Bush...

In Baileys Crossroads, skinned goats are delivered daily to several halal butcher shops located in shopping centers where all the signs are in Arabic. Women shop in head-to-toe black abayas.

You'd never know this is a suburb of the nation's capital.”

Any area experiencing waves of Islamist immigration is going to get two things. Most numerous will be peace-loving, law-abiding people who happen to read the Quran and worship in mosques.

But among them will be an alarmingly high, and perhaps increasing number of current and future Islamo-fascists just biding their time to be the next street bombers, machete attackers or jet hijackers.

Bush and Cheney are gone, and so is our nation’s willingness to retain a war footing.

In the wake, we have a president whose Thursday speech on security was the usual eye-glazing combination of pretend bravado and foggy analysis.

While he explained and defended a drone program that is he has maintained to his credit, he surrounded those words with a song of surrender that surely sounded sweet to jihadists the world over.

His desire to close Guantanamo is all the evidence needed to bolster a case of nonchalance about global terror.

As former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has pointed out, the remaining Gitmo detainees are some of the most troubling. They are the ones who have not merited release in the last few years.

Those get-out-of-detention cards, by the way, have had a death toll. For all of his diligence in taking the war to the the enemy, The Bush administration prematurely released detainees who found their way back to the battlefield.

Now we face the prospect of outsourcing those detentions to countries like Yemen and Afghanistan, who can scarcely restrain the terrorist instincts of their own citizens.

This is what giving up looks like.

Even the drone program is bound for the shelf. Examine the shackles President Obama attached to it moments after coherently explaining why it deserved to be maintained:

First, we will limit its use to when Americans are in imminent danger, an undefinable term;

Second, we will not use drones when capture is possible, a likelihood virtually impossible to gauge in the heat of a pursuit;

And third, we will try to ascertain the perplexing “near certainty” that no civilians will be killed. How near is “near?” Is the possibility of one civilian okay to take out a terrorist? Two?

This is the de facto dismantling of the drone program, detested by Rand Paul and Code Pink alike.

So should we have a drone program? Should we have Guantanamo? Should we have a residual military presence in Iraq, Afghanistan and maybe other nations to follow if the need for stability warrants it?

If we are serious about fighting terror, the only answer is yes.

I know how hard that is to hear. We like our wars short. We like to win and get to a surrender ceremony and get on with our lives.

The Obama approach to war fits nicely into the mood of an unplugged, inattentive America. War is hard. We don’t like hearing about it. We’re tired.

So when he tries to sell us a story of al Qaeda under control, soft-pedaling American terrorism like the Fort Hood shootings as “workplace violence,” giving flowery speeches telling us not to worry because our flag will ever wave free, many of us say thank you and go back to sleep.

The Obama White House then goes back to focusing on the groups it considers far more threatening-- its political opponents. They are happy. And the last two elections show that we are happy. Or happy enough.

Too many of us are happy to neglect a war that our enemy is still fighting against us. The administration is happy to pursue jihad as if it were some organized crime syndicate, seeking to restrain and prosecute it in the courtrooms of our judicial system.

But the men who killed the soldier in London, and the man who killed fellow soldiers in Fort Hood, and the brothers who killed Boston Marathon spectators, are not street criminals, they are enemy combatants.

Countless allies are with them in their war against us, with a goal of crushing our way of life with the sledgehammer of a new Muslim caliphate.

We either grasp that or we do not.

If we do, we have a chance. If we do not, we are leaving ourselves and our children and our children’s children open to future terror.

Having seen actual blood on the hands of an actual terrorist this week, we should not want to see the blood of neglect on our own hands, spread there by our failure to wake up and protect ourselves.