NPQ: "Terrorism is the wrong term. War is the wrong metaphor. Iraq is the wrong war. That pretty much sums up how the fight against the Islamist jihadists who targeted America has gone awry in the five years since September 11, 2001—a similar period of time in which the United States had mobilized from virtual scratch and defeated Germany and Japan in World War II.
Francis Fukuyama was absolutely right when he wrote on the fifth anniversary of 9/11 that terrorism is the wrong term for the enemy because terrorism is a tactic; the enemy is a group of violent Islamists and insurgents. “It makes no sense to lump together someone willing to fly a plane into a skyscraper in New York and ex-Baathists attacking American soldiers on Iraqi territory,” he noted insightfully."