Onedomino coined the phrase "selective" war on terror a few days ago. Its a great way to describe the strategic miscalculation of this administration, the leaders of Congress and those in the intelligence and diplomatic services. Only the Pentagon seems to understand this basic truth everyone else ignores. JIHAD ANYWHERE IS A CLEAR, PRESENT DANGER TO AMERICA. Why? Consider our successful war on Al-Queda. Its leaders on the run, apprehended or dead. Its hiding spots in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq being raided, dismantled and destroyed. Its idealogy dying a slow, agonizing death, gasps of terror springing up to slaughter Iraqi children and Afghan aid workers. The terror masters who dreamed up 9/11 now face their worst nightmare; an angry, determined American president and the world's most powerful fighting force; a deadly, courageous and always capable US military. Let's consider the pats on the back and high-fives rendered. Now look up from the narrow focus on Al-Queda and the fallen tyrants of Afghanistan and Iraq. Palestinian terrorists are taking over the PA by any means neccessary, whether at the ballot box or with the bullet. Iranian terrorists lie in wait, eager to deploy against American and Israeli targets should the need arise, practicing on student demonstrators for now. Hezbollah, the deadliest, most well-organized terrorist force in the world, lies in wait, perhaps preparing for a Lebanese civil war, maybe awaiting the signal from Iran to start terrorizing the US. Indonesian militants grow in number despite a government counter-insurgency campaign, and in their brutality fed by desperation, attempt to spread their jihad to Southern Thailand and the Philippines with alarming progress, assisted by the enemy government's ineptitude and corruption. Homegrown Pakistani militants fill ever expanding ranks and surge in stature in Pakistan, growing more emboldened with every misstep and "outrage" committed by that nation's military president, Gen. Musharraf. The Saudi royal family grows stronger by wiping out Al-Queda with one hand and fermenting and financing new fundamentalist groups, ready to export jihad wherever it is necessary. Jihad is the dominant philosophy in Muslim Nigeria, where militants prepare to ignite what may become the world's most horrific civil war, an Islamic insurgency that will destroy Africa's most powerful nation. Jihad is justified against the Muslims of Darfur because of their disobedience to the regime in Khartoum. Jihad is genocide in that part of the troubled continent. Do we need to address in depth Syria, Egypt and Chechnya? God knows how many militants are in Europe and what they are planning. And yet, instead of taking the war to our enemies (though we claim we are), we lie back in defense.... what some call 9/10 style. We're waiting for the jihadists slaughtering innocents in Russia, Israel and Darfur to attack us. We're letting them thrive, in some cases supporting and working with them (Sudan, Saudi Arabia). We're setting ourselves up for a major disaster, and putting into motion a chain of events that will see jihad murdering millions in the coming years. We're supposed to be in this for the long haul. We're supposed to be preventing this from ever happening again. We're supposed to be not only promoting democracy as reform in the Middle East but wiping out fundamentalist Islam in all of its shapes and forms. We're winning on one count, yet putting forward half-hearted efforts toward the latter. To steal a Navy phrase, we're pumping water but not patching the holes. At our peril.