Whatever the strengths and weaknesses of the Obama strategy toward the “War on Terror,” one aspect of it is now clear: the President is determined to withdraw American forces both from Iraq and from Afghanistan. American combat forces have already left Iraq.
When he was running for president in 2008, Barack Obama argued that the manner in which the Bush administration had prosecuted the “War on Terror” had done America more harm than good.
As in Iraq, the United States and its allies did achieve some important successes in Afghanistan. Not only was the Taliban regime driven from power after just a couple of months from the launch of the U.S.-led intervention in October 2001, but this was done with fewer than 3,000 U.S. troops.
Absent the 9/11 attacks and the George W. Bush administration’s reaction to them, the War on Terror may not have come into existence in the way that it has. There certainly would have been Islamic radicalism as well as clashes between it and Western governments.
The “War on Terror” was launched by President George W. Bush in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. At first, the “War on Terror” appeared to go quite well for the United States and its allies.
In the prologue of Talking to Terrorists, Mark Perry promises to tell two different stories with the same meaning: "how U.S.
Ladies and Gentlemen:
When you look back, some years can be seen as having inflected history, moving men and events along paths they would otherwise not have taken. 2001 - the year of 9/11 — was such a time.
I join all here today in commending IFANS for its collaboration with the Korean Association for Middle East Studies. The Middle East is, without question, a decisive factor in global politics and economics.