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It's Time To End The War On Terror

From the Panel

  • For: Peter Bergen

  • Articles by Peter Bergen
    Read publications by Peter Bergen on the New America Foundation website.
  • The War on Terror Should Be Retired (interview)
    Gregor Peter Schmitz, Spiegel Online, May 6, 2011, May 6, 2011
    Two recent events suggest the War on Terror should be retired as an operating concept: the Arab Spring, which undercuts al Qaeda’s ideology, and the death of bin Laden, which undercuts al Qaeda as an organization.
  • Ten Years On - The Evolution of the Terrorist Threat Since 9/11
    Peter Bergen, New America Foundation, June 22, 2011
    Al Qaeda no longer poses a national security threat to the American homeland on the scale of 9/11, however, jihadist terrorism isn't going away, and we should realize that al Qaeda or an affiliate will eventually succeed in getting some kind of attack through. The best response is resilience.
  • A Talk With CNN Security Analyst Peter Bergen
    Mohammed Al Shafey, Asharq Al-Awsat, May 18, 2011
    In his interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, Bergen discusses the killing of Osama bin Laden, the strained relations between Washington and Islamabad, and what the future now holds for the al Qaeda organization.
  • Peter Bergen: After Bin Laden
    Asia Society, May 5, 2011
    Bergen argues that the major offensives in the Middle East and Central Asia should end and fields questions about the status of counterterrorism operations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Where Will Zawahiri Take al Qaeda?
    Peter Bergen, Washington Post, June 17, 2011
    After several years of declining influence and disrupted terror plots, al Qaeda is struggling to remain relevant. Its new leader, the ineffective and uninspiring Ayman al-Zawahiri, does not look like the man who can turn things around.

  • For: Juliette Kayyem

  • Articles by Juliette Kayyem
    Boston Globe, July 12, 2010
    Read Juliette Kayyem’s column at the Boston Globe.
  • Juliette Kayyem: Remembering September 11
    Interview on PRI’s The World, August 2, 2011
    Anchor Lisa Mullins talks with Juliette Kayyem about September 11th attacks of 2001 and how homeland security has evolved in the past 10 years.
  • Are We Safer Now?
    Juliette Kayyem, Boston Globe, May 3, 2011
    “Recalibrating our national mood about all things terror — from outrage and panic to resolute calmness” has been a priority for the Obama administration. The nation must discard the victim mentality and adjust to the changing nature of terrorism.
  • Osama Bin Laden's Death: Terror Backlash?
    ABC News, May 3, 2011
    There is a significant threat of small-scale terrorist attacks in Europe and the United States in the short term after bin Laden’s death. The long-term outlook is uncertain, but unrest in the Arab World presents opportunities for al Qaeda to regroup and grow.
  • Al-Zawahiri Takes Lead of al Qaeda, Vowing “Blood for Blood” for Bin Laden Death
    PBS NewHour, June 16, 2011
    Juliette Kayyem and Daniel Byman discuss the promotion of Ayman Zawahiri to al Qaeda’s top post and the type of challenges he faces from democratic movements and U.S. drone attacks.
  • Against: Richard Falkenrath

  • 9/11 Lessons: Homeland Security
    Richard A. Falkenrath, Council on Foreign Relations, August 26, 2011
    Part of the series "Ten Lessons Since the 9/11 Attacks," in which CFR fellows identify the top threats and responses going forward.
  • Was Bin Laden the Easy Part?: Facing Washington’s Many Dilemmas in the Middle East
    Richard A. Falkenrath, Foreign Affairs, May 5, 2011
    With bin Laden gone, life is about to become more complicated for U.S. policymakers trying to combat terrorism.
  • Richard Falkenrath Interview on Bin Laden’s Death
    InsideTrack, Bloomberg, May 2, 2011
    In this interview, Falkenrath concludes the risk the United States faces from terrorism remains high even after bin Laden’s death.

  • Against: Michael Hayden

  • Gen. Hayden Discusses bin Laden Hunt at Spy Conference
    Jay Price, (Raleigh) News & Observer, August 22, 2011
    General Hayden discusses what the U.S. knew about bin Laden’s whereabouts and the challenges of spying in an era of terrorists with websites and satellite phones in this interview.
  • Hayden, Chertoff Buck Republican Call to Bring Troops Home From Afghanistan
    Andrea Stone, Huffington Post, June 16, 2011
    The killing of Osama bin Laden and the mounting cost of the Afghan campaign are no reason to leave just yet.
  • Meet the Press Transcript
    Meet the Press, MSNBC, May 8, 2011
    A roundtable interview with Michael Hayden, Michael Chertoff and Rudy Giuliani on the death of Osama bin Laden, the diffusion of threat from al Qaeda and its affiliates, the utility of harsh interrogation, and Pakistan.
  • Birthers, Truthers and Interrogation Deniers
    Michael Hayden, Wall Street Journal, June 2, 2011
    The latest lunacy to get a popular hearing is the idea that harsh CIA interrogations yielded no useful intelligence.

Articles For & Against

  • For the Motion

  • The War on Terror Is Over
    Peter Beinart, The Daily Beast, May 1, 2011
    Terrorism does not represent the greatest threat to American security; debt does, and our anti-terror efforts are exacerbating the problem.
  • After bin Laden: Is the War on Terror Winding Down?
    James Kitfield, National Journal, May 6, 2011
    The marginalization of al Qaeda will not bring an end to the terrorist threat or free the United States from the need for constant vigilance. But the revolutionary vanguard that Osama bin Laden envisioned leading, with its inexhaustible legions of recruits bent on endless jihad against the West, has been extinguished.
  • Why We Must End The War On Terror
    Katrina Vanden Heuvel, The Nation, May 2, 2011
    Terrorism is not an enemy that threatens the existence of our nation; our response should not undermine the very values that define America for ourselves and the rest of the world.
  • Terrorized by “War on Terror”
    Zbigniew Brzezinski, Washington Post, March 25 2007
    The "war on terror" has created a culture of fear in America. The Bush administration's elevation of these three words into a national mantra has had a pernicious impact on American democracy, on America's psyche and on U.S. standing in the world.
  • What Islamist Terrorist Threat?
    Shikha Dalmia, Reason, February 15, 2011
    An attack that kills 3,000 citizens—even if only once every 10 years—is nothing to ignore. But is it worth spending $1 trillion on two ongoing wars and $1 trillion on enhanced homeland security—America’s post-9-11 terrorism expenditure?
  • What is the “War on Terror?”
    John Judis, New Republic Online, June 5, 2006
    What was once the war against terror should not be ignored, but it should be redefined as a police and intelligence operation. It still demands considerable resources, and vigilance, but it can no longer be seen as central to American foreign and military policy.
  • Against the Motion

  • Evil Does Not Die of Natural Causes
    Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post, May 5, 2011
    The bin Laden operation is the perfect vindication of the war on terror.
  • After Bin Laden
    Michael Rubin, American Enterprise Institute, June 1, 2011
    The war on terrorism is far from over. On an ideological level, their core theology requires the extremists to continue their struggle, and so Western disengagement would be only a form of unilateral disarmament. We will stop. They won't.
  • Beinart's Wrong Again - The War On Terror Is Not Over
    Moshe Phillips, American Thinker, May 7, 2011
    The greatest threat to American security today is from Al Qaeda and other Islamic terrorist organizations. Seeing the war as over will not help this nation to keep vigilant as it must to stay secure.
  • Winning post-Bin Laden War
    Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton, New York Daily News, May 9, 2011
    We cannot let our guard down. While a 9/11-type attack is less likely today, Al Qaeda and its affiliates are persistent and their associations and tactics are diverse.
  • Bin Laden is Dead
    Frederick Kagan, The Weekly Standard, May 16, 2011
    Those sincerely concerned with America’s security should reject the notion that bin Laden’s death will allow us to declare “mission accomplished” and withdraw from the Middle East, and the world.
  • The War on Terror Will Continue
    Charlie Szrom, Foreign Policy, May 2, 2011
    We now have the opportunity to turn a symbolic victory into a material victory in the war on terror. Bin Laden's death presents the U.S. with a real opportunity to shift the momentum on the ground back in our favor.
  • Osama bin Laden Dead - But Clinton Vows to Continue War on Al Qaeda
    Esther Addley, Ewen MacAskill, Jon Boone, Guardian, May 2, 2011
    America's war with al Qaeda will not stop with the death of its leader, Osama bin Laden, Hillary Clinton has warned, telling the terrorist network: "You cannot wait us out; you cannot defeat us."

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