The Conflict Of The War On Terror Essay

1432 Words Dec 8th, 2016 6 Pages
POSC 330 Thought Paper It is necessary to understand the most central conflicts of the War on Terror in order to achieve victory—and to follow a path that in the end we can truly call a victory. The war on terror began in 2001, after the twin towers were subject to a horrific terrorist attack. The United States infiltrated Afghanistan, referring to the new conflict as Operation Enduring Freedom. The current estimate for lives lost during the War on Terror to date is 1.3 million people. This has been a long running conflict, and its asymmetrical nature calls for a unique approach to see it come to any sort of resolution. Before I lay out strategies to win the War on Terror, it’s important to define what winning means in the first place. By all accounts, much out original reasons for entering the war have been met with resolution. The nuclear weapons we invaded a nation for we never found, Osama was eliminated, and Al Qaeda has suffered crippling blows. Realistically however, winning can’t be done through means of attrition as giving by my examples. Winning means that no or very few new terrorist groups form and all previous threats are rendered null. Essentially the war on terror ends when the act of terrorism ceases. As we’ve seen over the years, with each defeated military target (al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, etc) a new threat surfaces (ISIS). This means that attrition isn’t enough to end the war. We need to constantly procure good intelligence and alliance.…

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