Tom Evslin at Fractals of Change offers six steps to victory for Winning the War on Terror. These ideas are probably too reasonable to be supported in Washington, where strategy is too often based on cliches and under-the-table profiteering.
Start a dramatic program to reduce US dependence on foreign oil (and establish US leadership in alternatives).
Way too much oil money ends up directly supporting terrorists or running schools for future terrorists or supporting absurd monarchies in countries which spawn terrorists.
We aren’t going to “win” this one. Attempts to keep drugs illegal just drive up drug prices and profits for the drug trade. Terrorists and drug cartels are natural allies.
Time’s up. I’m still not at all sorry Saddam was toppled. I still remember that he did not allow the UN inspections required to assure that he did not have WMD. That was his mistake and not ours. But creating a democracy in Iraq is a job for Iraqis.
The most dangerous illusion in the world is that joining the nuclear club puts a country beyond restraint.
Depolarize our domestic debate on civil liberties.This debate is much too important for the name-calling it’s degenerated into.
…much of the world is at war, with Islamic fascists. In fact, no one suffers from radical Islam more than Moslems. There is no point in being politically correct and not recognizing our enemy.