The War on Terror Was Ahistorical

Colonel (Retired) Peter Mansoor, former executive officer to General David Petraeus during the surge in Iraq and founding director of the U.S. Army/Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Center:

“I find the conduct of a war against a tactic (terrorism) to be ahistorical. Rather, the Bush administration should have named the enemy: Al Qaeda and like minded terrorist organizations. Military force is only part of the solution to the scourge of global terrorism. Regrettably, by painting the counterterrorist campaign as a “war,” the administration overemphasized the use of military forces and downplayed other instruments of national power (diplomatic, economic, informational, etc.). We had the world basically united after 9/11 – the administration should have worked closely with friends and allies to maintain that solidarity.”

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