Thursday, September 08, 2005

What is the "Global War on Terrorism"?

Does the phase "global war on terrorism" really mean anything?

At a recent conference in Washington, DC, John Hamre, president of the non-profit research group Center for Strategic and International Studies, said he never uses the term, sometimes called GWOT for short, because terrorism is just a tactic, not a cause.

"It's like saying World War II was the Battle Against the Blitzkreig," said Hamre at the Navy-Industry R&D Partnership Conference 2005, held July 26-29 in Washington.

Would there be a more accurate description of what the GWOT really is?
For more on the type of threats the US and other militaries face, see "Urban Puzzle."

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