What are the obstacles to American victory?
Following the attacks of 9/11, the United States launched a large scale, multi-dimensional global war against terrorism. This war includes military, diplomatic, and intelligence efforts that transcend America's shores to include operations across the world. The American struggle to defeat Islamist terrorism has made great progress, damaging terrorist organizations and capabilities on an international level. This does not mean, however, that success is guaranteed. The American military, intelligence, and diplomatic services can all perform brilliantly, achieving every objective set for them, and the United States can still lose the war against terrorism. A number of obstacles exist that could derail America's effort. But by understanding the nature of these challenges and the ways in which they can threaten the United States, we can vigilantly defend ourselves against their undermining effects.
Increasing awarerness and participation . . .
Since 9/11, the United States has not experienced another direct terrorist attack upon its homeland. The blessing of several peaceful years has led many Americans to believe that the threat of a devastating terrorist attack has passed. They believe that the good work done by the American government and public has so damaged terrorist organizations that they no longer have the capability or the desire to attack the United States. Tragically, this is not true. Many experts estimate the likelihood of an attack upon the United States using a weapon of mass destruction in the next ten years to be nearly seventy percent. The 2004 attacks in Madrid and the 2005 attacks in London show that there is still an active international terrorist structure, with the desire and the capabilities to confront Western democracies. The American people must realize this danger and continue to demand vigilance from their lawmakers in the face of the continuing threat.