This Naval War College Point Paper was prepared in response to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001. The Naval War College commissioned more than thirty papers addressing strategy and policy, operational concepts, and national security decision making related to the terror war. There papers were intended as contributions to U.S. national security policy deliberations, and to assist the U.S. Navy as it planned its response to future terrorist threats. The purpose of this Point Paper was "to examine the implications of formulating U.S. war objectives narrowly or broadly." Two key choices which illustrate the dilemmas confronting the U.S. are discussed: (1) Eliminate Al Qaeda vs. eliminate all terrorists with global reach, and (2) topple the Taliban vs. topple all regimes that support terrorism.
Naval War College Newport Paper No. 3
Naval Postgraduate School, Dudley Knox Library: http://www.nps.edu/Library/index.aspx
Newport Papers [electronic resource]: National Security Strategy After 9/11/01, p.7-9