Counterterrorism Policies and Priorities: Addressing the Evolving Threat: Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, March 20, 2013   [open pdf - 228KB]

This is the March 20, 2013 hearing on "Counterterrorism Policies and Priorities: Addressing the Evolving Threat" held before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the opening statement of Jane Harman: "It is fitting that this Committee--the Foreign Relations Committee--is holding this hearing. As I reflect on my own role and the role of many who tried just as hard to keep us safe after 9/11, we got many of the tactics right but the strategy wrong. We have yet to develop a narrative, a positive-sum roadmap for where we are going and why others will benefit by joining with us. Retired General Stanley McChrystal--former head of Special Operations Command and the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan--recently nailed it. In an interview in 'Foreign Affairs' on Iraq and Afghanistan, he first asked 'Where is the enemy?' As the engagement evolved, he asked 'Who is the enemy?' Then, 'What is the enemy trying to do?' Finally, he realized the question we most needed to answer was: 'Why is he the enemy?' This realization is bone-chilling. Many senior policymakers know we cannot kill our way to victory--because kinetics alone are more likely to inflame than persuade. But what is the US doing to persuade? Are we coordinated in our actions? Are we delivering the same message? Our tactics have an impact--and playing whack-a-mole will not win the argument with the kid in rural Syria or Yemen deciding whether or not to strap on a suicide vest." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Jane Harman, Michael E. Leiter, and Kenneth L. Wainstein.

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S. Hrg. 113-135; Senate Hearing 113-135
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