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It's Time To End The War On Terror

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  • Peter Bergen on the War on Terror

    Clip: Peter Bergen argues for the motion "It's Time to End the War on Terror."

  • Michael Hayden on the War on Terror

    Clip: Michael Hayden argues against the motion "It's Time to End the War on Terror."

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Days after 9/11, President Bush declared a War on Terror that would “not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.” Is America in a state of perpetual war, or has the threat of terrorism justified its position as the organizing principle behind our foreign policy? In 10 years we’ve been in 2 wars, witnessed the Arab Spring and the death of Osama bin Laden—is it finally time to end the War on Terror?

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For the motion

Peter Bergen

CNN National Security Analyst, Bestselling Author

One of few Americans to have interviewed Osama bin Laden face-to-face, Peter Bergen is one of today’s foremost commentators on America’s national... Read More

Juliette Kayyem

Terrorism Specialist and Homeland Security Expert

Juliette Kayyem formerly served under the Obama Administration as Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs at the Department of Homeland... Read More

Against the motion

Richard Falkenrath

Principal, The Chertoff Group & Former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor

Richard Falkenrath, Deputy Assistant to President Bush and former Deputy Homeland Security Advisor, has held a range of leadership positions in U... Read More

Michael Hayden

Former Director of the CIA and NSA

With a prolific career in national security – from serving 39 years in the U.S. Air Force to directing the NSA for six years – General Michael Hayden... Read More

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Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People

President George W. Bush
September 20, 2001

Days after the September 11th terrorist attacks, President Bush declared a war on terror that would begin with al Qaeda and “not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.”

Evil Does Not Die of Natural Causes

Charles Krauthammer
May 5, 2011

The bin Laden operation is the perfect vindication of the war on terror.

The War on Terror Is Over

Peter Beinart
May 1, 2011

Terrorism does not represent the greatest threat to American security; debt does, and our anti-terror efforts are exacerbating the problem.

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