Obama has a chance to clear up four major areas of ambiguity about the seemingly endless war on terrorism in his forthcoming speech. We’ll see.
The war against al-Qaida is far from winding down, according to top Pentagon officials. The Pentagon’s chief of irregular warfare sees it lasting for 10 to 20 more years.
What to do when you run low on enemy targets? One option is to declare victory. Another, under discussion by Obama, is to expand the definition of the enemy.
On deck this year in Afghanistan: a whole lot more artillery and mortar strikes, while the U.S. builds up the Afghans’ air combat capabilities.
Two successive presidents have failed to describe what an end to the 11-year-long war on terrorism actually looks like. But in a Friday speech, the Pentagon’s top lawyer offered precisely that vision.