Stephen Heintz had some interesting points, I am scribbling down notes.
We now feel vulnerable not invincible
It has altered our relationships with other nations and with international institutions
The WOT has become Americaâs purpose by default
How much must we change going forward?
We will fail to weaken the attractive power of terrorists and we will not attract global support for our policies
We are capable of doing better and we must.
âFranchise terrorismâ? (homegrown)
The Internet â slick recruiting tool
Need better intelligence
The most important question remains, are we beating the Madrasâs?
Pentagon believes the most successful counter-terroroist act â relief for the tsunami.
The metaphor of the War on Terror is incorrect
We need to reconsider our approach
3 categories in WOT
Offence (killing or capturing terrorists)
Struggle to win hearts and minds
Why do we always think âonly Americaâ??
We behave as if only we have the answers
We canât act alone, in the global threats were facing we have to have the support and assistance
Terror is one of the crises we face
Did we call upon the UN for all the expertise it had? Zero
The belief that we have the answers prevents us from seeing the larger picture here
Other countries build massive dykes, levees, we do we not learn from them?
We have an idea of the intent, but not the capability of Al-Qaeda
The globalisation of martyrdom
Many of the Saudis going to Iraq, are well educated
How do identify homegrown terrorists?
How will Iraq play out?
The war of unintended consequences
Zarqawi has morphed into an international form
Trade craft in IEDs, counter surveillance, Iraq is a training ground
Containing Iraq again?
Was the number 1 sponsor of terrorism, how are we going to deal with Iran without setting off Islamic terrorism?