Naval War College Review

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President’s Forum


Rodney P. Rempt


In many ways the ongoing terror war caught us by surprise. The warning signs were clear, but we simply failed to take adequate notice and ac- tion; we didn’t understand. We treated events such as the Pan Am Flight 103 crash over Lockerbie, Scotland, the attack on the Marine barracks in Lebanon, the destruction of U.S. embassies in Africa, and the bombing of USS Cole in Yemen as discrete events rather than a series of battles in a new kind of war. Now, in responding to a war we did not choose, we must apply serious military power together with our friends and allies to bring this reign of terror to a halt.