Wouldn’t it be great if, after the 9/11 attacks, George W. had turned his attention to al Qaeda? We know that by that afternoon our pals Rumsfeld/Bush/Cheney were already planning to go to war with Iraq, with what results we’ve seen.
Wouldn’t it be great if someone in the US and British governments realized that al Qaeda was and is the threat?
You can’t fight a war against terrorism. Terrorism is a tactic: You’d have as much success fighting a war against ambushes, encirclements, and covering fire. You can fight a war against specific organized groups that use terrorism as a tactic.