We don’t need a war on terrorism

Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland

08/01/08

Many opponents of the Bush administration’s invasion and occupation of Iraq have always argued that this conflict is an irrelevant and even counterproductive sideshow to the real ‘war on terrorism’ in Afghanistan. In fact, Barack Obama led the parade to initiate a troop surge in Afghanistan after having opposed it in Iraq. The more hawkish John McCain, not to be outdone by a weak-kneed Democrat, proposed that even more troops be sent to Afghanistan. In American politics after 9/11, it seems that candidates have to support some sort of war or they will be perceived as being too wimpy to get elected. Only a small minority of foreign policy gadflies has doubted whether any war on terrorism is needed in either Iraq or Afghanistan. Now a new report by RAND, the government’s own captive think tank, supports this small band of renegades...

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=2282


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Panel: Human Rights Sacrificed in Name of Counter-Terrorism
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