The Days of One-Way Pain Are Over

by Gary Sick The Global War on Terror (GWOT) has operated from the start on the unspoken assumption that the enemy—usually scattered and primitive—was unable to strike back effectively. U.S. drones keep watch 24 hours a day over al-Qaeda hideouts… Continue Reading  

Eighteen Years After 9/11, Has al-Qaeda Won the War on Terrorism?

by Peter Ford What blasphemy is this? al-Qaeda has won? Absurd! Most observers would say reflexively that, eighteen years after 9/11, the U.S. has cut al-Qaeda down to size, and if it has not quelled it altogether the remaining operations… Continue Reading  

How Saudi Arabia and Israel Undermine the War on Terror

by Ali Rizk A recent report from the Pentagon inspector general, warning of the “resurgence” of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS), highlights a fact that has become abundantly clear: Washington’s “war on terror” is a failure. Despite the formation… Continue Reading  

The “Forever Wars” Enshrined

by Andrew Bacevich Earlier this month, I spent a day visiting Marseilles to videotape a documentary about recent American military history, specifically the ongoing wars that most of us prefer not to think about. Lest there be any confusion, let… Continue Reading  

What If: An Alternative Strategy for 9/12/2001

by Danny Sjursen “Of all manifestations of power, restraint impresses men most.” — Thucydides You’ve heard the platitude that hindsight is 20/20. It’s true enough and, though I’ve been a regular skeptic about what policymakers used to call the Global… Continue Reading