May 6th, 2012
09:57 AM ET

Fareed's Take: U.S. has made war on terror a war without end

By Fareed Zakaria, CNN

Whatever you thought of President Obama's recent speech on Afghanistan, it is now increasingly clear that the United States is winding down its massive military commitments to the two wars of the last decade.

We are out of Iraq and we will soon be largely out of Afghanistan. Osama bin Laden is dead, and al Qaeda is a shadow of its former self. Threats remain but these are being handled using special forces and intelligence. So, finally, after a decade, we seem to be right-sizing the threat from terrorist groups.

Or are we?

While we will leave the battlefields of the greater Middle East, we are firmly committed to the war on terror at home. What do I mean by that? Well, look at the expansion of federal bureaucracies to tackle this war.

Since September 11, 2001, the U.S. government has created or reconfigured at least 263 organizations to tackle some aspect of the war on terror. Thirty-three new building complexes have been built for the intelligence bureaucracies alone, occupying 17 million square feet – the equivalent of 22 U.S. Capitols or three Pentagons. The largest bureaucracy after the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs is now the Department of Homeland Security, which has a workforce of 230,000 people.

The rise of this national security state has entailed a vast expansion in the government's powers that now touch every aspect of American life, even when seemingly unrelated to terrorism. Some 30,000 people, for example, are now employed exclusively to listen in on phone conversations and other communications within the United States.

In the past, the U.S. government has built up for wars, assumed emergency authority and sometimes abused that power, yet always demobilized after the war. But this is, of course, a war without end.

So we continue to stand in absurd airport lines. We continue to turn down the visa applications of hundreds of thousands of tourists, businessmen, artists and performers who simply want to visit America and spend money here, and become ambassadors of good will for this country. We continue to treat even those visitors who arrive with visas as hostile aliens - checking, searching and deporting people at will. We continue to place new procedures and rules to monitor everything that comes in and out of the country, making doing business in America less attractive and more burdensome than in most Western countries.

We don't look like people who have won a war. We look like scared, fearful, losers.


soundoff (358 Responses)
  1. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    With Muslim populations like this Americans and European govts. cannot be faulted even if they go a bit overboard to PROTECT THEIR NATIONS!

    1 in 3 BRITISH MUSLIMS OK TO KILL FOR ISLAM-40% WANT SHARIA LAW -DailyMail-July 28th 2008

    dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1038953/One-British-Muslim-students-say-acceptable-kill-Islamhtml

    May 7, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Reply
    • krm1007

      Are you a muslimologist? Seems like you are affiliated with Shiv Sena...a hindu extremist group...similar to Ku Klux Klan. Have a T-Bone in "Bones" Buckhead and chill out please. Enjoy.

      May 7, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Reply
      • Amit-Atlanta-USA

        Dear Friend Krm007:

        The above article is NOT from a Islamophobe site, but from the DAILY MAIL UK's 2nd largest read newspaper chain!

        May 7, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
      • Patrick

        Hey buddy, I am not worried about being called an islamaphobe.
        Would you like to take me on?

        May 7, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
      • krm1007

        @Patrick.....You talkin to me....peaches?

        May 9, 2012 at 11:09 am |
      • Patrick

        No problem little cherry!

        May 9, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
    • hindunegative

      Every human is create equal, but hindu's deniers of truth absolute, out law's, criminal's are not equal to the one living by the La. truth absolute, it is right of La. abiding truth full to eliminate, a hindu,criminal in his hindu Judaism, criminal secularism to have peace, Islam among humanity. Only a hindu, denier of truth can have problem with it, none other.

      May 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
      • Yakobi

        Every non-Paki is create equal, but Paki deniers of truth absolute, outlaws, criminals are not equal to the one living by the La. truth absolute, it is right of La. abiding truth full to eliminate, a Paki criminal in his muslim Judaism, criminal fundamentalism to have peace, Christianity among humanity. Only a Paki, denier of truth can have problem with it, none other.

        May 7, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  2. Derrick

    Please Google "CNN no plane hit the Pentagon" and watch the original CNN report still on YouTube.

    May 7, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  3. Person of Interest

    Thank George W. Bush for that. Anyone who's taken a Poli Sci 101 course knows that you NEVER create a new department like he did with DHS because it is impossible to get rid of them. Plus, there were 3 other Agencies already responsible for gathering the same information and doing the same work as DHS (FBI, CIA, and NSA). They were terrible at communication between themselves I agree (they still aren't that great now), but why not have a Joint Communications Board or something similar before you bring in another layer of bureaucracy.

    Instead of freezing middle class federal workers pay and taking away benefits, how about our good fiscal conservatives take a look at getting rid of some of these layers of bureaucracy? DHS secretary makes 200K a year (then add in security costs, airline trips, etc.) so if we'd get rid of DHS, and a few other worthless departments that could have been easily reorganized into existing ones, we lose the Secretaries salaries, the deputies, the regional directors, etc. which is where the real waste of salaries is being spent.

    But that won't happen cause our elected officials (both GOP and Dems) need a place to stick their friends when they get voted out. Why not give your friends a fat paying SES position with alittle power, right?

    May 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  4. krm1007

    Historically, we have always needed an enemy to keep this pseudo democracy and quasi capitalist system going. . For the time being Al Qaeda/Taliban (depending on what day it is) is what we have got. Tomorrow is another day...maybe Shiv Sena in India will emerge as the new enemy.

    May 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      It's sad that so many people forget that WE were attacked by the terrorists on and before 9/11/01.

      May 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Reply
      • krm1007

        We have not even forgotten Pearl Harbor ...let alone 9/11.... after all grief and pain the families are going through and the sacrifices of the soldiers and civilians the world over. You have totally missed the point. Please reread comment and come again, if you so desire.

        May 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
      • George Patton

        Sorry krm1007, some mindless Tea Partier usurped my screen name here and posted that nonsense above. I just want to say that it was WE who invaded Iraq without any provocation whatsoever!!!

        May 8, 2012 at 12:58 pm |
  5. metvet4

    it floors me to think that a free and INTELLIGENT CITIZEN of this country would walk into a voting booth and cast a vote for obozo or romrich....and still call themselves American....RON PAUL 2012....

    May 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      ...says the Ron Paul zombe.

      May 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  6. Jim

    An endless war on Terror by design.

    We watched the Military Industrial Complex build a permanent private entrance into the nations treasury.

    ....As the crowd cried out....."take it all, just make us safe"...

    May 7, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Was there a sale on tinfoil hats?

      May 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
  7. arnold jones

    Go back were you came from. You should we are better now than 3 years ago. How much are the Republicans paying you? Obama is our only choice

    May 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  8. Pete

    Bin Laden or one his leaders once said that they ,(the terrorists)broke America spiritually because they,the Americans thought they'd never be invaded by anyone on U.S. soil..They said after 9/11 ,we as a nation would never be the same and will always look over our shoulders because we're scared.They also mentioned hurting us economically because of the additional security that'll be needed for everyone's well being..They,the terrorists,played the phychological warfare card and its worked because of the added strain economicly on our already fragile system and our minds,thinking that we would never be violated because of our military might and was.But now here we are with Bushs security in place,just like a sci fi movie with no privacy and BIG BROTHER IS ALWAYS WATCHING OVER US.They won their part of the game didn't they,with a minimal stake in the game,and we'll pay for it for the rest of our lives because of our arrogence,that's just an agonizing part of war,there are no true winners....

    May 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      Last one standing wins. I vote that should be us instead of them.

      May 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
      • hindunegative

        Wish in hindu soul, ignorant desire, it will never happen.

        May 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  9. Antonius Colts

    What are the leaders of our country supposed to do? The first second someone dies because they relaxed a restriction has everyone freaking out and pointing fingers. The truth is, Americans are scared. We live in a society where the news media does a great job of scaring us about everything. People just want to live their lives and not live in terror. But for the most part, that's all we hear about.

    People's paranoia has gone to 11 in this country, where everyone thinks there are conspiracies of power taking. Everyone is a afraid and feels powerless. Some stock up guns and food and prepare for unbelievable scenarios. While others shut themselves in and fear everything outside their door.

    We're a scared nation. It's strange because it's one of the few times in history when we're not at war with another nation or involved in a Cold War that could spell Armageddon. The vast majority of Americans are safer than they ever have been in history. And yet I would argue that we're more afraid now than ever before.

    The scanners and security aren't at the airport to protect you. They are there to make you feel safe so you'll be comfortable flying so the airline industry continues to operate. It's all being done to provide you with a feeling of safety.

    May 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  10. pat1479

    This is exactly what Al-Qaeda wanted! They more or less have won, or at least by their own goals. This is their objectives as it is on Wikipedia, as Abdel Bari Atwan summarizes this strategy as comprising five stages:

    1. Provoke the United States into invading a Muslim country.
    2. Incite local resistance to occupying forces. (there was a news piece today showing the Taliban is growing)
    3. Expand the conflict to neighboring countries, and engage the U.S. in a long war of attrition.
    4. Convert al-Qaeda into an ideology and set of operating principles that can be loosely franchised in other countries without requiring direct command and control, and via these franchises incite attacks against countries allied with the U.S. until they withdraw from the conflict.
    5. The U.S. economy will finally collapse under the strain of multiple engagements in numerous places, making the worldwide economic system which is dependent on the U.S. also collapse leading to global political instability, which in turn leads to a global jihad led by al-Qaeda and a Wahhabi Caliphate will then be installed across the world. Atwan also noted, regarding the collapse of the U.S., "If this sounds far-fetched, it is sobering to consider that this virtually describes the downfall of the Soviet Union."

    We've done most of the work yourself in bringing our down fall they have used our insecurities against us to their objectives. We've won the war, but we might lose the fight, I have hope for the future, but not very much as its seems to be now.

    May 7, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply
  11. TED

    HOW DO WE WIN THE WAR ON TERROR? DON'T BE AFRAID ! TERROR FEEDS ON FEAR.

    May 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  12. Burnel

    US-–Israel-–UK

    Axis of dEvil

    May 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Reply
    • hindunegative

      hinduism = racism = Nazism = zion ism = hindu Judaism, criminal self center ism, secularism. hinduism, absurdity of pot head hindu sanatans, criminal goons of Egypt and Persia.

      May 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Reply
      • Yakobi

        Paki = racism = Nazism = zion ism = muslim Judaism, criminal self center ism, secularism. Islam, absurdity of pot head Paki sanatans, criminal goons of *stan.

        May 7, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
      • hindunegative

        hinduism, absurdity of a hindu, absurd from hindered, ignorant land india, in his hinduism, stupidity as his hindu stupid god hanumann, self centered, secular god monkey. Source of hindu Judaism, criminal secularism.

        May 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
      • krm1007

        We all know the dirty games India is playing in the region...financing terrorists who are killing US/NATO/Pakistani troops ....undermining democracies, paying off some factions of talibans protection money so they won't do another Mumbai attack, All this because they are scared of Al Qaeda and Talibans. Indians need to stop hiding behind american skirts and face these elements face to face. And BTW the Indian double crossing Americans in Iran should cease immediately. After all the american taxpayers have done for Indians....the least they can do is say "how high" when the american masters say "jump".

        May 7, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  13. Rain

    The Comic Tragedy is that YOU are loosing this War to a Failed State called Pakistan. Sad.:(

    May 7, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
    • krm1007

      With a population of over 180 million most of whom are well educated, English speaking, entrepreneurial and a cultural and social fit with Central Asians...Pakistan will now become the new face and gateway to Central Asia and Europe. Pakistan will thus span this region and provide the impetus for growth, prosperity and unity among these countries. These are new and exciting times for Pakistanis who should now look forward to their new leadership role aligned with Central Asia and Europe rather than the Subcontinent. We wish them much success as they have sacrificed the most during the past 30 + years creating a new world order.

      May 7, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
      • Amit-Atlanta-USA

        US public opinion toward Pakistan is strongly negative — a February 2012 Gallup poll found that only 15% of Americans regard Pakistan positively (ONLY 2% very favorably!) even as 75% viewed India positively. (Israel favorable rating 71%, Palestinian Authority – 19%).

        Dawn story "Where have Pakistan's Washington experts gone" 04-27-12

        May 7, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
      • krm1007

        @Amit-Atlanta-USA...So what? This comment was not about India so what is your point? Please don't insult the Pakistani's by comparing them to Indians. Also, India is no Israel...plllease! Now let me give you some statistics also..since you brought India into this discussion....
        "In India, millions of girls are strangled, slowly starved or simply tossed in the trash. Moreover, in India, at least 1,370 girls are aborted every day. As a comparison, some 250 Indians die every day in road accidents. Terrorists killed about six people, on an average, every day in 2009. In the last two decades of economic progress, 10 million girls have died as such in India.
        Indians have killed more human beings (girls particularly) than Al Qaeda and Talibans put together."
        Now does this make India a bad country or Indians bad people...no....it is the sign of a society that is evolving and trying to improve itself. Now the Gallup Polls won't tell you this would it?

        Lastly, the Americans should kiss the ground Pakistanis walk on. They won the Viet Nam war for Americans in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Hundreds of thousands of Pakistani soldiers and civilians have sacrificed their lives fighting this war on terror for the world. Moreover, they have spent Billions of dollars in doing so. The least the world including the Americans can do is say thank you , Pakistan. What has the Indian contribution been??? Double crossing Americans in Iran. Give me a brrreak.

        May 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm |
    • hindunegative

      Only by hinduism absurdity of a hindu, ignorant from hindered terrorist land called india in his hinduism, denial of truth absolute, suffering from hinduism, mental dyslexia by birth.

      May 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Reply
  14. Bob

    Fareed you sure sound like a terrorist to me. Are you hiding something? I think its time we come take a look around your house.

    May 7, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      You sure sound like an idiot to me.. Wow why is Fareed a terrorist? Do you fear brain cells? I know you would have liked Michelle Bachman better, but well thats todays America

      May 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  15. Jason K

    Holy $#!T! Was this really written by Fareed Zakaria? This doesn't sound like the usual drivel, it actually sounds like the stuff Ron Paul has been going on about for years now! What you don't understand though is that they need to wind down so they can bring the troops home...for marshall law and so they can reign in all the sheep. Sounds mad, yes it does, but I have friends in the military that say their training has switched to all urban warfare. Soldiers that say they would not shoot on unarmed American citizens are disciplined, while ones that would are awarded. Fun times ahead.

    May 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
    • Jason K

      I've noticed a large increase in fear mongering radio commercials to. Local Philadelphia station WOGL plays at least 3 different ones I've heard.

      May 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  16. ZorakLives

    This article is extremely insightful...for September 12, 2001. By now, we've been there and done that.

    May 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Reply
  17. Tony

    9 11 was a inside job .

    May 7, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • heywood

      right, bush and cheney flew the air planes into the buildings themselves. good call. maybe, just maybe it really didnt happen and when i look at the sky line in MY city, the towers are still there.

      Please get back on your medications

      May 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
      • Patrick

        There are no medications for this guy.
        Please see the following thoughts on this i d i o t.
        stupid (vs. smart)

        anserine, dopy, dopey, foolish, goosey, goosy, gooselike, jerky
        blockheaded, boneheaded, duncical, duncish, fatheaded, loggerheaded, thick, thickheaded, thick-skulled, wooden-headed
        cloddish, doltish
        dense, dim, dull, dumb, obtuse, slow
        gaumless, gormless
        lumpish, lumpen, unthinking
        nitwitted, senseless, soft-witted, witless
        weak
        yokel-like
        Also See: unintelligent

        May 7, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
      • Margaret

        You are part of the fifth column of thugs who attack people with differing views than the status quo the govt. and media have set for our society. Great job in your fake ridicule. You and the 9/11 commission have no actual proof of what really happened on 9/11 and why so many convenient blunders by the federal govt. kept hijacked planes in the skies for almost 2 hours. hmmm?
        No answers, just accept whatever the govt. propaganda serves you because you are a good citizen, a good serf, a great german.

        May 8, 2012 at 8:19 am |
      • Patrick

        Advice On Dealing With Anger

        Anger is one of the evil whispers of Shaytan, which leads to so many evils and tragedies, of which only Allah knows their full extent. For this reason Islam has a great deal to say about this bad characteristic, and the Prophet (saws) described cures for this “disease” and ways to limit its effects, among which are the following

        May 8, 2012 at 6:35 pm |
  18. heywood

    "In the past, the U.S. government has built up for wars, assumed emergency authority and sometimes abused that power, yet always demobilized after the war. But this is, of course, a war without end."

    Right, these were uniformed combatants from a sovereign nation. Just a little difference, wouldent you say? kind of kills your premise, but ill continue.

    As long as there are Muslims who feel they need to kill people who dont believe the way they do and the moderates in the religion dont voice their displeasure, this will go on and on.

    As someone who witnessed 9/11 live, was in the complex 2 hours before the events, and as someone who knows people that died that day, all of you cry babys are pathetic. YOur home, your car, your job, your possessions mean nothing if your dead.
    While it is annoying and burdensome to get checked at an airport, im willing to do it to make sure that YOU dont have a bomb, i know i dont. If you really dont like it, dont fly, you have that right, just like the airlines have the right to check you for the safety of ALL of their passengers. Everyone has rights.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Reply
  19. Amit-Atlanta-USA

    Wonder why a lot of our Pakistani friends come out whenever we discuss terror!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Unfortunately nothing seems to improve their lot in American eyes.

    US public opinion toward Pakistan is strongly negative — a February 2012 Gallup poll found that only 15% of Americans regard Pakistan positively (ONLY 2% very favorably!) even as 75% viewed India positively. (Israel favorable rating 71%, Palestinian Authority – 19%).

    gallup. com/poll/152735/americans-give-record-high-ratings-several-allies.aspx

    May 7, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
    • Sorenge

      Seems you are paid for by Israel.... actually by US but nevertheless you seem to be everywhere spouting nonsense and defending Israel's crimes.

      Have brains? Go to Harvard, study, get a rival job to Fareed's than spew hatred here. Have brains? I highly doubt it.

      May 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
      • Amit-Atlanta-USA

        While Harvard and Yale are undoubtedly great places have you ever imagined how children of the rich & famous (incl. notorious!) do ALWAYS manage to landup there.

        Do your own research of some of these people incl. our author!

        May 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
      • Amit-Atlanta-USA

        I meant – Do your own research of some of these BLESSED (Not Gifted!) people incl. our author!

        May 7, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
      • heywood

        so the only Jew you like is the dead one hanging in your church that you pray to?

        May 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
      • Sorenge, Alston, MA

        I am in Harvard and neither do I come from rich and influential family. Go, get educated first, Amit, than keep criticizing. You have same nonsense all over the internet. Move to Israel if you are not already there. You can live off of our handouts.

        May 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm |
      • Patrick

        Violence by Arabs against the Jewish civilian population of Palestine was a periodic reality. During the Mandate period, whenever Arab dissatisfaction reached a peak, or when anti-Zionist, anti-Semitic Arab leaders needed to provoke the British authorities, rioting and Jewish casualties were created. Major rioting flared in Palestine during 1920-21, in 1929, and during the Arab Revolt of 1936-39. This was not so different from the experience of Jews all over Europe and was part of the motivation for creating a Jewish state where Jews could control their own security.

        May 7, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
      • Amit-Atlanta-USA

        Dear Sorenge:

        I am AMAZED that you can't understand English. Did I say anywhere that EVERYONE who gets into Harvard is either rich or famous? I myself graduated from one of the finest schools in the country, while we surely had some of the finest students, we also had to rub shoulders with others who did not get in there merely based on their credentials, but based on how much they could contribute to the school, plus their influence peddling power.

        May 8, 2012 at 8:14 am |
      • Amit-Atlanta-USA

        Dear Friend Sorenge:

        My apologies. I MISTOOK that you were indeed studying/teaching at Harvard. Then I noticed that that you ONLY SAID that you were (lliving) in Harvard. Sorry about that!!!! Now I can see where you are coming from!!!

        May 8, 2012 at 8:22 am |
    • hindunegative

      Who gives a hind, crap about opinion of a hindu, lair by birth of USA or of hindered ,terrorist country india, every hindu, criminal can go to hind, hell, they deserve, why victim of their hinduism terrorism care about their hinduism absurdity.

      May 7, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  20. eroteme

    We must be patient. We are still fighting our War on Poverty.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Reply
  21. Pepe Le Pew

    The mighty Amerikans not understand that their nation was setup by Israel. 911 bomb blast was by Mossad/Likud/jews not by some scary guy in ze caves. Ze little childrens of europe knows that.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  22. Patrick

    One of the recently beaten, tortured, and arrested Palestinian female journalists, Asma Al-Ghoul is a secular feminist and a journalist who has written brave articles about honor killings on the West Bank and in Gaza. Al-Ghoul has been harassed and arrested by Hamas before. Why? Ostensibly because she dared to laugh, wear jeans on the beach, and entered the sea, fully clothed, to swim. These were her crimes—plus the fact that she was a single woman (divorced, actually), out in public, not wearing hijab, and relaxing on the beach with—unbelievably—male friends.

    May 7, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
    • hindunegative

      hindu Jew's, criminal self centered, secular and their hindu Judaism, filthy self center ism has no place in domain of truth absolute, All human are created equal but hindu Jew's, secular criminals in their hindu Judaism, criminal secular ism are not equal to La, truth abiding truth full. hindu Jew, criminal self centered have no place among human but of their own kind, in pan of hindu filthy self centered pig's.

      May 7, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
    • youarestupid

      Have you ever seen how some Palestinians dress?and yes, even hamas women. Tight jeans and tops. You are an ignorant westerner, just believe what you are told by zionist jew media.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:10 am | Reply
      • Patrick

        1) Seeking refuge with Allah from the Shaytan:

        Sulayman ibn Sard said: “I was sitting with the Prophet (saws), and two men were slandering one another. One of them was red in the face, and the veins on his neck were standing out. The Prophet (saws) said, ‘I know a word which, if he were to say it, what he feels would go away. If he said “I seek refuge with Allah from the Shaytan,” what he feels (i.e., his anger) would go away.’” (Reported by al-Bukhari, al-Fath, 6/337)

        The Prophet (saws) said: “If a man gets angry and says, ‘I seek refuge with Allah,’ his anger will go away.” (Saheeh al-Jaami‘ al-Sagheer, no. 695)

        May 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm |
  23. outspoken123

    Just to remind everybody Darwin's theory is applicable to everywhere .

    May 7, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  24. RON

    Gee Fareed, no military bias in THAT bit of reporting. No way. Foolhardy speculation like I just read is evidence that not everyone "gets it'. But some do. What does it take before the rabidly anti-military establishment is able to change channels and get past the idea that not everyone comes home from work, checks the market, grabs a Heiney, a paper, kicks in the control and kicks back for the evening. No, some folks, increasing in number, need bigger thrills to fuel their brand of relaxation, aka being fanatically irresolute about living to die killing folks like me and you. It's hard to grasp, but oh well. To avoid being out on this alone, here's what CIA director Panetta thinks about your speculation.

    "I don't think there's any question that when you get the number one terrorist in the world, that we're a little safer today than we were when he was alive. But I also don't think we ought to kid ourselves that killing Usama Bin Ladin kills al-Qa'ida. Al-Qa'ida still remains a threat, they're still going to try to attack our country, and I think we have to continue to be vigilant and continue the effort to ultimately defeat these guys. We damaged them, but we still have to defeat them."

    —DCIA Leon E. Panetta, Interview with NBC Nightly News, May 3, 2011

    May 7, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
  25. RON

    WELL SAID Hindu negative, really WELL SAID. You write for a living... teach sensitivity classes?

    May 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  26. ms2020

    Seems to me Fareed, that it is Islam that is at war with the United States more then the other way around. No matter how many times you try to say its the other way around. Sorry, didn't buy it.

    May 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm | Reply
    • youarestupid

      Do Muslims have US surrounded by their military bases and armies? idiot!
      US have 100s of military bases all over the MidEast and the world. US is the culprit, everywhere.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:14 am | Reply
      • Amit-Atlanta-USA

        You are right!

        The trouble makers have NOT sorrounded us, but are RIGHT HERE in the US!

        That's why the FBI, CIA, Mossad, MI-6, Indian RAW are fighting more battles INSIDE their own countries than outside!

        May 8, 2012 at 11:07 am |
  27. perigee22

    The, War on terror – the War on drug – the War on poverty – the War on illiteracy – the War on cancer…
    You cannot win over any thing you create a War on. We were terrorists on the British Empire, once upon a time.

    The War on terror is terrorism on the life, economy, and principles of our planet.
    The War on terror was & is a wind-fall for a handful of individuals, helping make more big government.

    The Wars on terror; drugs, poverty, illiteracy & cancer will never find an end, because of special interests only interested in next years balance sheets.
    Those interested in that War are not interested in “true” commerce, because they would not know it if faced with it – they want publicly funded unsustainable commerce for themselves.
    The Wars on terror; drugs, poverty, illiteracy & cancer, have not been resolved because one cannot wage War on anything an expect to win; - change happens with enlightenment, wisdom & understanding.

    The Wars on terror; drugs, poverty, illiteracy & cancer have been mismanaged by the politics of special interests.
    Maybe we should have a; War on “irresponsible governance”, “politics” or “special interests”; but probably will not work either. But for certain; Fear is no way to manage a planet as connected as ours…

    May 7, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  28. Michael

    Whether you believe or don't believe that the multi trillion dollar MIC was defeated by OBL invading the most surveilled airspace on earth you know, statistically, that being killed on your bicycle by an errant automobile is far far far more likely to be the cause of your death than a terrorist attack.

    May 7, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
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