©Jeff Parker Florida Today

Century Marks

Declare victory: Though the war in Iraq has not gone well, James Fallows argues that the war on terrorism has: there has been no attack on American soil since 9/11, the Taliban have been routed, the terrorist training camps have been destroyed, many of Osama bin Laden’s lieutenants have been eliminated, and the surveillance of al-Qaeda’s activities has limited its operations. It is time to declare “that the ‘global war on terror’ is over, and that we have won.” The greatest terrorist risk for the U.S. is that the country will remain in a permanent state of war, spending money ineffectively on security and damaging its moral credibility internationally. Fallows thinks that the U.S. should use its “soft power” as it did in aiding victims of the tsunami in South Asia and of the earthquake in the Himalayas (Atlantic Monthly, September).


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