Walter Russell Mead presents a sitrep on the War on Terror at The Wall Street Journal. He warns of continuing risk but in my view he’s actually too sanguine. In paraphrase of what he says in his op-ed, the terrain of the War on Terror has always favored our enemies. That’s what Fourth Generation Warfare is about. Due to confused priorities we have largely avoided fighting on terrain that’s more favorable to us.
The “drone war” in which we’re now engaged and which, apparently, we’re expanding into North Africa does capitalize on our strengths but for how long? In addition I remain unconvinced that it is not counter-productive.