Counterterrorism Policy - Do We Have It Right?
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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This paper focuses on current U.S. counterterrorism policy and examines its effectiveness in light of the terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 11 September 2001. The paper begins with a brief history of the origins of terrorism, followed by an explanation of the masons for current animosity in the Islamic World and particularly in the Middle East toward the U.S. It describes the objectives of the global terror network Al Qaeda and the available resources with which it is attempting to achieve those goals. After a short discussion on how the U.S. arrived at current policy over the past 35 years, the paper analyzes whether the policy is adequate or needs to be modified. Three policy options are explored tougher stance more moderated approach and status quo. The assessment determines that current U.S. policy is sound, but more resolute implementation of the policy with more financial resources is required. Finally, the paper evaluates the current post September 11 environment and recommends implementation of specific ways and means to achieve victory in the war on terrorism.
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