Losing the War on Terrorism
magazine has an article (The Terrorism Index
) about the Global and Perpetual War on Terrorism. It is a compilation and analysis of the results of a survey of 117 experts on foreign policy and terrorism. The main finding is that 86% of the experts agree that we are losing the war on terrorism.
It is remarkable that there is such strong agreement among experts on this topic. Given the strength of their findings, and the popularity of the topic, you might think that the article would gain widespread attention.
Instead, it has barely made a ripple.
Searching Google News
with the string "Terrorism Index" turns up only three pages of results. The Christian Science Monitor
is the only major US paper that covered the story (two, if you could an editorial hidden behind the firewall on Times Select
). There are articles on the websites for ABC News
, but both of those focus on the finding that suicide bombs are felt to be the greatest threat. They both completely miss the main point of the article, which is that we are losing the war on terrorism.
There is one mainstream press article that was not picked up by Google News
, perhaps because it is a Times Select
article. That is an editorial at the NYT by Bob Herbert: The Wreckage in the China Shop
. The Peking Duck
kindly reproduced it in full, as did Ed Strong
, and Tennessee Guerilla Women
The Blogosphere does a better job. Hilzoy at Obsidian Wings
covers the issue nicely, as does David at Shining Light in Dark Corners
. Hilzoy found that hardly any conservative bloggers covered it.
Winston, writing on Philosoraptor
, has this to say:
Good liberal that I am, I spend a lot of time second-guessing my own political opinions. So the results of the survey are a kind of good news-bad news thing from my perspective. The good news: I'm not crazy. The bad news: I (and liberals in general) appear to be pretty much right about the efficacy of the Bush administration's approach to our efforts against terrorism.
The author of The Long Goodbye
puts this in the context of the overall Republican strategy of trying to turn the G.A.P.W.O.T. into a political advantage, as does Bob at Old Hickory's Weblog
. Walter Uhler
gives a similar treatment on Huffington Post
. Oddly, there are only 24 comments there. (Many articles on HuffPo get hundreds of comments.)
Ford Bell's (Minnesota) senatorial campaign blog, Blog for Bell
, adds this perspective:
So how did we ever get into this mess? Theories abound but it's clear that the right has successfully "mau-maued" the media into providing favorable coverage of their wars on terror.
I don't like to think that Ford Bell is correct about this, but judging from the underwhelming media response to this important article, I have to agree with him.
posted by : Joseph j7uy5