For over 17 years the US has been fighting a war on terror….ever since the attacks of 9/11…..the US declared war on a tactic….not any individual per se but rather a tactic….terrorism is a tactic not an entity.
I have been writing on this subject for all this time….here is a couple of the posts on the subject I have written……these are a few of the more recent posts……
This so-called “War” has cost the taxpayer dearly and to what end?
As I was putting the finishing touches on my new book, the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute published an estimate of the taxpayer dollars that will have gone into America’s War on Terror from September 12, 2001, through fiscal year 2018. That figure: a cool $5.6 trillion (including the future costs of caring for our war vets). On average, that’s at least $23,386 per taxpayer.
The WOT is an unwinnable war……..for like I have written we are fighting a tactic not an entity…..we need a new approach and stop fighting a war on a tactic would be a good place to start…..
The United States is engaged in an unusual global war, fighting a tactic rather than an enemy nation. Unlike traditional warfare, it is possible that this war between the US and terrorist networks will not produce a clear winner. The US and its allies have been involved in military engagements over the past decade and a half, costing the US taxpayer an estimated $1.5 to $5.6 trillion dollars. The longer the US remains embroiled in this armed conflict, the less likely it is that such a war ends favorably from an American perspective. While US defense strategy will need to include counter-terrorism efforts for decades to come, it is time to end the war by beginning to reframe the narrative behind the Global War on Terror (GWOT).
In the context of the GWOT, terrorism refers most frequently to random attacks on civilians by groups who seek to conduct religious war against the United States. In using these terrorist tactics, these groups specifically intend to sow widespread fear. Recent polls show that a growing number of Americans feel “less safe” than they did before 9/11.
But then that is assuming the US wants to win this war….if not then this is thre perfect way to enrich the M-IC without having to win a victory.