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Delegating the Dirty Work to U.S. Allies Is Smart Counterterrorism
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Delegating the Dirty Work to U.S. Allies Is Smart Counterterrorism

William Wechsler discusses why indirect action is successful and sustainable counterterrorism policy for the United States.

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  • William F. Wechsler

One of the few things that Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama have in common is that they reversed their long-standing approaches to counterterrorism during their very last years in office. They initially held diametrically opposed military policies, with Bush choosing invasion and occupation and Obama preferring disengagement and drone strikes. But by the end of their second terms they had both ended up in roughly the same place, with a central focus on indirect action—enabling local forces to achieve U.S. counterterrorism objectives.

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William F. Wechsler

Senior Fellow