Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Is Al Qaeda Winning?

The Long War's Long Tail -- J.M. Berger, Foreign Policy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross's new book, Bin Laden's Legacy, wonders which side actually is winning the war on terror.

What if someone came up with a terrific approach to surviving the war on terror and nobody listened? That is the dilemma at the heart of Bin Laden's Legacy: Why We're Still Losing the War on Terror, the new book from counterterrorism expert Daveed Gartenstein-Ross.

That's not to say the book won't be read or talked about. Bin Laden's Legacy is a remarkable and laudable work. Gartenstein-Ross has created both a road map and a score card for the 10 years since the 9/11 attacks redefined America's sense of security. In a narrative that somehow manages to be both concise and comprehensive, the author lays out the multiple battlefields and competing strategies of both al Qaeda and the United States.
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My Comment: It is hard to refute J.M. Berger's analysis. The U.S. is spending itself to bankruptcy, and it's strategy to confront and defeat Al Qaeda the movement has still not been found.