Today, we lack metrics to know if we are winning or losing the global war on terror. Are we capturing, killing or deterring and dissuading more terrorists every day than the madrassas and the radical clerics are recruiting, training and deploying against us?Which is to say, simply, that when we ask whether we're winning the terror war, we have to first be honest that the old ways of measuring success don't hold.
This is not stunning. After China, Korea, the Bay of Pigs, and Vietnam, I'd be surprised if the brass at the Pentagon weren't asking these same questions about the Cold War in the 1970s. It certainly didn't look like we were winning that one. At least we're asking the right questions, and early.