Tolson, Jay
March 2005
U.S. News & World Report;3/14/2005, Vol. 138 Issue 9, p27
The article examines what scholars and pundits are saying about America's war on terrorism. Many leading analysts still disagree over the nature of the struggle: the origins, the stakes, the objectives, the definition of the enemy, and even the aptness of the word war itself. Eliot Cohen, a professor at Johns Hopkins's Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and neoconservative thinker, argues that the war against terrorism was too vague a term, comparing the current struggle to the Cold War. Andrew Bacevich, a professor of international relations at Boston University and a former Army officer, takes strong exception to the neoconservative notion of the war's origins, both the timing and the larger causes. Instead of a lack of forceful U.S. military action in the Middle East before 9/11, Bacevich sees America's increasing reliance on force there in the two pre-9/11 decades as a major cause of the current war. Thomas Barnett, author of "The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century," offers a more nuanced--and certainly more hopeful--perspective.


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