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Biden team ratchets up counter-terrorism talk — but to what end?

The war on terror has been a costly failure, and most of those costs have been borne by the people in the countries where the United States has waged this war.

The 20-year campaign of militarized counterterrorism has succeeded in destabilizing entire regions, wasting trillions of dollars, and killing at least 900,000 people. In the process, it has created conditions that have increased the number of terrorist organizations in the world, and the number of fatalities from terrorist attacks worldwide has risen accordingly.

The main piece of evidence that the war on terror has “worked” is that there has not been another major attack on U.S. soil, but it is likely that this shows how small and manageable the threat from international terrorism was all along. That in turn shows how unnecessary and excessive the military response has been. Claims that the war on terror has been a “striking success,” as a New York Times article recently asserted, also require us to ignore how the war has inflicted tremendous damage on many other parts of the world.

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