Global Counterinsurgency: Strategic Clarity for the Long War

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					Global Counterinsurgency:
Strategic Clarity for
the Long War
DANIEL S. ROPER



T    hough policy initiatives since the attacks of 11 September 2001 have
     positively influenced certain agencies and processes within the US gov-
ernment in their efforts to secure America, some steps have worked at cross
purposes and limited the nation’s effectiveness in countering the threats it
faces.1 One entrenched policy that inhibits clear analysis and understanding
of the threat is the continued framing of this global struggle as 
				
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Description: Though policy initiatives since the attacks of 11 September 2001 have positively influenced certain agencies and processes within the US government in their efforts to secure America, some steps have worked at cross purposes and limited the nation's effectiveness in countering the threats it faces.1 One entrenched policy that inhibits clear analysis and understanding of the threat is the continued framing of this global struggle as a "War on Terrorism" (WOT). "3 Elsewhere, in Bounding the Global War on Terrorism, Jeffrey Record observed that the George W. Bush Administration, by fusing its challenges and enemies into a single monolithic threat, "has subordinated strategic clarity to the moral clarity it strives for in foreign policy and may have set the United States on a course of open-ended and gratuitous conflict with states and nonstate entities that pose no serious threat to the United States.
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