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Bounding the Global War on Terrorism Pub207

Bounding the Global War on Terrorism Pub207

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****he views expressed in this report are those of the author and do notnecessarily reect the ofcial policy or position of the Department of the Army, theDepartment of Defense, or the U.S. Government. This report is cleared for publicrelease; distribution is unlimited.****omments pertaining to this report are invited and should be forwardedto: Director, Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 122 ForbesAve, Carlisle, PA 17013-5244. Copies of this report may be obtained from thePublications Ofce by calling (717) 245-4133, FAX (717) 245-3820, or by e-mail at
****All Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) monographs are available on the SSIHomepage for electronic dissemination. SSI’s Homepage address is:
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****he Strategic Studies Institute publishes a monthly e-mail newsletter toupdate the national security community on the research of our analysts, recentand forthcoming publications, and upcoming conferences sponsored by theInstitute. Each newsletter also provides a strategic commentary by one of ourresearch analysts. If you are interested in receiving this newsletter, please let usknow by e-mail at
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he United States is now in the third year of the global waron terrorism. That war began as a ght against the organizationthat perpetrated the heinous attacks of September 11, 2001, butsoon became a much more ambitious enterprise, encompassing,among other things, an invasion and occupation of Iraq. As partof the war on terrorism, the United States has committed not onlyto ridding the world of terrorism as a means of violence but also totransforming Iraq into a prosperous democratic beacon for the restof the autocratically ruled and economically stagnant Middle East tofollow.Dr. Jeffrey Record examines three features of the war on terrorismas currently dened and conducted: (1) the administration’spostulation of the terrorist threat, (2) the scope and feasibilityof U.S. war aims, and (3) the war’s political, scal, and militarysustainability. He nds that the war on terrorism—as opposed tothe campaign against al-Qaeda—lacks strategic clarity, embracesunrealistic objectives, and may not be sustainable over the long haul.He calls for down-sizing the scope of the war on terrorism to reectconcrete U.S. security interests and the limits of American militarypower.he Strategic Studies Institute is pleased to offer this monographas a contribution to the national security debate over the aims andcourse of the war on terrorism.DOUGLAS C. LOVELACE, JR.DirectorStrategic Studies Institute

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