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Location: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States

Raised in Palouse, WA. Graduated from Washington State University. US Army (Counterintelligence). US Secret Service (Technical Security Division) in Fantasyland-on-the-Potomac and Los Angeles. Now living in north Idaho.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Measuring Who's Winning and Who's Losing

According to President Bush, we're in a war against terror, and we're winning. How do we know if we're winning or losing? What's the metric that distinguishes between victory and defeat?

"Terror" is a tactic or an ideology, not a killable enemy. Can we really vanquish a tactic or ideology? In this instance, is the distinction between victory and defeat even possible? How do we measure our success or failure in the war on terror?

This is not just some discussion point for an academic debate. The social, political, economic, and military complexities of this issue are raised by The Library of Congress, Congressional Research Service, in its November 23, 2005, 15-page report entitled Combating Terrorism: The Challenge of Measuring Effectiveness.


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