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Uniting AmericaRestoring the Vital Center to American Democracy$
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Norton Garfinkle and Daniel Yankelovich

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780300108569

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300108569.001.0001

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Fighting the War on Terrorism

Fighting the War on Terrorism

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(p.141) Chapter 8 Fighting the War on Terrorism
Source:
Uniting America
Author(s):
Francis Fukuyama
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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300108569.003.0009

The September 11 terrorist attacks have prompted the United States to wage a “war on terrorism” that deposed two regimes—Saddam Hussein in Iraq and the Taliban in Afghanistan—in a span of eighteen months. The international community supported the war to remove the Taliban regime and topple Al Qaeda from Afghanistan, but not the war to oust Saddam Hussein from power. The United States received a backlash for the unilateral manner in which it invaded Iraq, particularly in the Middle East and from some of its allies in Europe. This chapter examines the Bush administration's strategy in the war on terrorism and argues that U.S. policy must strike a better balance between military and diplomatic means. It insists that an effective approach to terrorism requires a greater emphasis on diplomacy rather than an exclusive reliance on military force or unilateral action. After providing an overview of the U.S. national security strategy, the chapter emphasizes the need to reach out to the majority of Muslims to diminish their support for the minority of terrorists.

Keywords:   war on terrorism, Saddam Hussein, Iraq, United States, terrorism, diplomacy, national security, Muslims, terrorists, military force

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