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Can the War on Terror Be Won?

How to Fight the Right War

Author: Philip Gordon, Senior Fellow
November/December 2007
Foreign Affairs


It can, but only if U.S. officials start to think clearly about what success in the war on terror would actually look like. Victory will come only when Washington succeeds in discrediting the terrorists' ideology and undermining their support. These achievements, in turn, will require accepting that the terrorist threat can never be eradicated completely and that acting as though it can will only make it worse.

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