- A scathing new report published by the Army
War College broadly criticizes the Bush administration's
handling of the war on terrorism, accusing
it of taking a detour into an "unnecessary"
war in Iraq and pursuing an "unrealistic"
quest against terrorism that may lead to U.S.
wars with states that pose no serious threat.
report, by visiting professor Jeffrey Record,
who is on the faculty of the Air War College
at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., warns that
as a result of those mistakes, the Army is
"near the breaking point." It recommends,
among other things, scaling back the scope
of the "global war on terrorism" and instead
focusing on the narrower threat posed by the
al-Qaida terrorist network.
global war on terrorism as currently defined
and waged is dangerously indiscriminate and
ambitious, and accordingly ... its parameters
should be readjusted," Record writes. Currently,
he adds, the anti-terrorism campaign "is strategically
unfocused, promises more than it can deliver,
and threatens to dissipate U.S. military resources
in an endless and hopeless search for absolute
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