This seems to me to be a well thought out summary of where we’ve been, what we’ve done and most particularly, where we might go in the future with regard to our responses to terrorism. It does not take an incredibly smart person to see that our responses over the last 20 years and those of the most successful country to have faced an existential terrorism threat, Israel, have not worked. One wonders if anyone in charge in DC or any of our politicians readying themselves for the 2020 presidential election campaigns, will read this article or do their own assessment which might, just might move them to the same conclusions as the author of this article. David Ignatius points out in this article, the 9/11 commission’s final report was published on July 22, 2004, and it made similar points: the costs in personnel and dollars spent to fight the War on Terrorism, like the War on Drugs before it, has been too high and the results insufficient.Seemingly the more terrorists we kill, the more terrorist we face. Years ago now, my oldest son, Devon, who was at the time a Special Forces A-Team commander in Iraq, said, “Dad, I don’t know if our operations are taking more terrorists out of circulation than new terrorists they are creating. When we go into an Iraqi home and throw the father on the floor, put flex cuffs on him, all while his children and wife cower in the corner, I wonder what the children will be doing in 10 years and if the US Army will be dealing with them?”
Lastly, I would say that all my practical experience working terrorism cases in the FBI, managing the Anti-terrorism Operations Center during the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, all the terrorism courses I’ve attended and taught and all the readings on terrorism I’ve done place me squarely in agreement with both the conclusions of Ignatius in his excellent article
and the finding of the 9-11 Commission in 2004.
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