It’s the Jihadists, Stupid
It begins with a view of the enemy larger than just Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda operation. “The problem is that al Qaeda represents an ideological movement, not a finite group of people. It initiates and inspires, even if it no longer directs,” the commissioners found. “Killing or capturing [bin Laden], while extremely important, would not end terror.”
Quite right. For a more detailed examination of this point, see my TCS piece Saddam and al Qaeda and, if you’re really a glutton for punishment, my Strategic Insights article Iraq and Jihadist Terrorists: A Review Essay. Or, you can just take my word for it: It ain’t just al Qaeda.