How to Defeat Al Qaeda

Sebastian L. v. Gorka: Director of the Homeland Defense Fellowship Program, College of International Security, National Defense University and Military Affairs Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of De

How to Defeat Al Qaeda
The year 2011 saw the 10th anniversary of the horrendous terrorist attacks of September 11th
2001. Al Qaeda’ s religiously-motivated murder of almost 3,000 people on that sunny Tuesday morning led directly to military operations in Afghanistan and then Iraq which together mark the longest ever military engagement by America since 1776. We are still fighting in a war that has already outlasted our combat in Korea, WWII and even Vietnam. Whilst the mastermind behind the September 11th attacks is dead-thanks to the courage and audacity of the US military and intelligence community-the war is not over, the enemy not vanquished.
At the decade-marker for this war, there remain two disturbing truths that the American policy
elite has yet to recognize or understand:
• Stunning tactical successes–no matter how numerous-in no way necessarily lead to strategic
victory.
• The second related point is that today, a decade after September 11th, America still does not
fully understand t
Sebastian Gorka- How to Defeat Al Qaeda.
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