The Center for American Progress and Foreign Policy have teamed up for the second time to ask more than 100 of America’s top terrorism and national security experts for their assessment of the war on terror and the state of U.S. national security. The bipartisan Terrorism Index again shows consensus among participants and some surprising results.
• 81 percent of experts think that the world is becoming more dangerous for Americans.
• 75 percent of experts do not believe the U.S. is winning the war on terror.
• 87 percent of experts state that U.S. public diplomacy is failing.
• 70 percent do not think the Bush administration has a clear plan for protecting the United States from terrorism.
• Experts believe the Taliban, Hamas, and Hezbollah are stronger than a year ago.
• Experts choose Iran as the most dangerous government in the world, followed by North Korea.
• 64 percent state it is likely or certain that a 9/11 type attack will occur again in the United States in the next five years; and 82 percent believe it is likely or certain to happen in the next 10 years.
• 88 percent agree that the war in Iraq has had a negative impact on enhancing U.S. national security and in combating terrorism.
Please join us for a discussion of America’s priorities in combating international terrorism.
Congressman Silvestre Reyes, (D-TX)
Congressman Christopher Shays , (R-CT)
Introductory Remarks by:
John Podesta, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for American Progress
Presentation of Survey Results:
William J. Dobson, Managing Editor, Foreign Policy
Tom Daschle, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress