Magazine November 19, 2015, Issue

Our Bungled War on Terror

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Speaking to a joint session of Congress a week after nearly 3,000 Americans were killed in the 9/11 atrocities, President George W. Bush outlined the only strategy that has ever had a chance of winning the “war on terror.” The plan, which became known as the Bush doctrine, had two simple steps: The United States would hunt down terrorist organizations — meaning, violent jihadists — wherever on earth they set up shop; and nations that abetted terrorists would be treated as terrorists — meaning that the United States would pressure rogue regimes until they reformed or were ousted.

Fourteen years later,

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