The departure of Secretary of Defense Donald Rimisfeld seems to he a good time to assess our position in the Global War on Terrorism or, as it is currently termed in the Pentagon, the Long War. Perhaps our central problem is that the war and the enemy have not been very well defined. We know that the war is real; we suffered a real attack on 9/11; the British and the Spanish have suffered their own equivalents. We are still fighting in Afghanistan, and we are fighting a hot war against insurgents and assorted terrorists in Iraq. Mr. Rumsfeld left amid cries that he had bungled the invasion of Iraq, and pressure is increasing for the United States to withdraw from that country. Some have written that only Americans would be arrogant enough to imagine that they could impose democracy on the Arab world, beginning with Iraq.
World Naval Developments: Measuring Progress in the Long War
By Norman Friedman, Author, Naval Institute Guide to World Naval Weapons Systems