Pillar Responds

Issue: Mar-Apr 2010

SO MUCH seems to flow, naturally and effortlessly, from pinning the label "war" on an endeavor. The term evokes images of a single and clearly identifiable enemy and of military force as the main instrument for defeating that enemy. John Nagl beats the "this is war" drum loudly and embellishes it with references to the "home base" of al-Qaeda and the need to fight close to the "enemy's capital."

You must be a subscriber of The National Interest to access this article. If you are already a subscriber, please activate your online access. Not a subscriber? Become a subscriber today!