Five years after the killing of Osama bin Laden, the U.S. public seems to understand that the fight against terrorism is here to stay. The challenge for governments is to manage the threat without exacerbating it, or allowing terrorism to monopolize time and resources at the expense of other needs.
A bill recently introduced in Congress proposes getting rid of the Defense Department’s much-criticized Quadrennial Defense Review and replacing it with two other classified strategy documents. To an extent, criticisms of the QDR are warranted, but simply throwing it out may not be the best option.
President Barack Obama’s deployment of an additional 250 special operations forces to Syria has raised fears of another military quagmire in the Middle East. These fears are natural, but if anything, the move represents what the U.S. war on terrorism after 9/11 always should have looked like.