A score card for the war on terror
…While we may be making real headway now in Iraq, no one knows how long it may take to beat back the insurgencies. And the GWOT may be more difficult for Americans.
If we judge our success or failure by our efforts in mitigating attacks against the US, then we’ve been successful. But if the ultimate goal is to eradicate terrorism from the world – then it isn’t just about preventing crime, it is about changing the world’s outlook, which requires diplomatic, economic, and social actions in addition to security efforts. If we judge our success against the president’s stated goal, our progress in the GWOT has to be seen as less effective than efforts here at home.