So How is it Going?
Back in 2003, Secretary Rumsfeld penned a memo questioning whether our actions in the war on terror were producing positive results. Rumsfeld wrote, "We lack metrics to know if we are winning or losing the global war on terror. Are we capturing, killing or deterring and dissuading more terrorists every day than the madrassas and the radical clerics are recruiting, training and deploying against us?"
Well, the Saudis and Isrealis both concluded that the vast majority of foreign fighters in Iraq were radicalized by the war itself. Likewise, the CIA offered a report which said, "Iraq...could provide recruitment, training grounds, technical skills and language proficiency for a new class of terrorists who are 'professionalized' and for whom political violence becomes an end in itself." The report also states that foreign jihadists "enjoy a growing sense of support from Muslims who are not necessarily supporters of terrorism."
Now, Brigadier General Robert L. Caslen, the Pentagon's deputy director for the war on terrorism says, "We are not killing them faster than they are being created," and warns that the war could take decades to resolve.
According to Caslen, thirty new terrorist organizations have emerged since September 11th, outpacing U.S. efforts to crush the threat.