Making the Grade

The results are in. Leading terrorism experts hand in their marks on how the United States is doing in its struggle against global extremism.

According to the experts, America is failing on almost every major antiterrorism front. With most grades barely passing and the highest marks in the Cs, the situation looks grim. Below, an excerpt from the full report card, coming out in our Mar./Apr. issue. Check back soon to see U.S. marks in all the categories, from preventing another terrorist attack to shaping long-term solutions.


Reversing Islamic Radicalization
Overall Grade: D-

Preventing the export and spread of intolerant Wahhabism

 D-

Countering the impact of radical imams, mosques and madrassas

 D

Combating the spread of radicalism in prisons

 D

Destroying bin Laden's image as an Islamic hero

 D

Managing the Sunni-Shia divide within Islam to counter the sway of extremists in both camps

 D

Supporting moderate and reformist Muslims to help them counter radical idealogues in the struggle for Islam's future

 C-

Minimizing the radicalization of second-generation immigrants

 C-

Preventing terrorist use of the Internet for recruitment and propaganda

 D-


Balancing Security & Core Values
Overall Grade: D-

Balance between expanded U.S. counterterrorism authority and respect for civil liberties

 D

Appropriateness of domestic intelligence gathering in the United States

 C-

Balance between due process and extraordinary threats

 D

Balance between international law and national-security concerns

 D-

Balance between intelligence gathering through coercive interrogation and respecting commitments against torture

 D-

Balance struck on these issues by partners in counterterrorism

 D+


Combating Islamic Extremist Terrorism
Overall Grade: D+

Al-Qaeda headquarters

 C

Al-Qaeda affiliated groups (e.g., Jemaah Islamiyah & Lashkar-e-Taiba)

 C

Al-Qaeda seeded groups (e.g., London & Madrid bombing culprits)

 D+

Al-Qaeda inspired groups (e.g., Hofstad Network & JFK Airport attack plotters)

 D

Sympathizers

 D-


Grade Key
A-Superior Success
B-Important Gains
C-Muddling Through
D-Losing Meaningful Ground
F-Red Flag Alert

 

Lee H. Hamilton, Bruce Hoffman, Brian Michael Jenkins, Paul R. Pillar, Xavier Raufer, Walter Reich and Fernando Reinares are Members of the Council on Global Terrorism.