Eric Schmitt “Counterstrike”
August 30th, 2011
The phrase “war on terror” became part of our national lexicon after the September 11th attacks. In the first few years after 9/11 the U.S. tried to wage an actual war, with sheer muscle and firepower.
And it didn’t work.
By 2005 the Pentagon began looking for a better way to wage the war. And in the new book “Counterstrike” award-winning New York Times terrorism correspondent Eric Schmitt — along with fellow Times journalist and co-author Thom Shanker — reveals how the defense and intelligence communities, as well as U.S. law enforcement, did come up with a better way, a strategy to fight terrorist networks that has had real results. And at the heart of the new, better strategy is a way of thinking that has its roots in the Cold War.
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