Friday, September 22, 2006
Friday 22 September 2006
Forum 3:305:00 PM Reception 5:006:00 PM
Dirksen Senate Office Building Room 608 Washington, D.C.
R.S.V.P to 800-927-8733 or [email protected]
Senior Fellow at The Independent Institute and author, Winning the Un-War: A New Strategy for the War on Terrorism
President, Good Harbor Consulting, LLC; Counter-Terrorism Analyst, NBC News
Senior Vice President for National Security and International Policy, Center for American Progress
According to President Bush, the American people are safer as a result of invading Iraq. True, Saddam Hussein has been removed from power. But al Qaeda, the group that planned and carried out the attacks on September 11, remains at large. Meanwhile, the White House has conceded that Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with the attacks.
Charles Peña argues that the war in Iraq is but one misstep in the Bush administrations global war on terror. Terrorism is simply a tactic, however, not an enemy. Trying to eradicate it is a quixotic quest that does not focus on those responsible for 9/11. Instead, the national security strategy should consist of three central elements: establishing homeland security against further attacks; dismantling the al Qaeda terrorist network; and enacting a foreign policy that does not attract new al Qaeda terrorists.