As we are beginning our pullback from Afghanistan we should be asking if we are heading in the proper direction in the long war on terrorism.
What is our political goal in the Long War?
- Never again
- Drive al Qaeda out of business
- Reduce Threat to sporadic activity
To balance it, while all Americans regret the loss of life on 11 September 2001, there is a limit to which we should allow security forces to go in tracking down potential terrorists—we don't wish to have a (East German) Stasi like organization where family members spy on family members.
Our best tribute to those who died at the hands of those who do in fact hate us will be to preserve our freedoms as Citizens of this great nation.
At the same time we have to ask ourselves to what limits we will go to track down terrorists. Do US Citizens who are suspected of being terrorists and who are overseas require capture and trial or may the President order their death based upon intelligence collected, but not judged by a jury of his or her peers?
There are questions to be considered as we go forward into a fiscal atmosphere that will include Sequestration and calls for cuts in National Security spending in order to fund social programs.
Strategy is the matching of Objectives, Threats and Opportunities in a resource constrained environment.
Regards — Cliff