Al Qaeda adjusts its failed strategies. So far the network has not produced a positive vision for its adherents — and neither have we.
We have almost passed the seventh anniversary of 9/11, which demarks America's entry into direct conflict with the menace we know as al Qaeda. At a combined cost of some 7,500 American lives and several hundred allied soldiers, and many thousand Iraqi and Afghani civilians, the results are not impressive. Even less satisfying is the expenditure of roughly $1 trillion for the war in Iraq and our global effort against terrorism.