Quote Of The Day

Apropos of James Joyner’s comments this morning, I am reminded of this quote:

“This is not the end, it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

—- Winston Churchill after the Allied victory at the Second Battle of El-Alamein

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Doug Mataconis
About Doug Mataconis
Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Neil Hudelson says:

    Ugh, I hope Churchill’s quote isn’t prophetic with this one. I really hope that after 10 years in Afghanistan, and the death of Osama, this marks the beginning of the end.

  2. We may be further along than the Allies were after el-Alamein, but I’m seeing some people talk of this like it means we “won” the war on terror (or whatever you want to call it). For the reasons James noted this morning I think that’s a bit premature. Zawahiri and others are still out there.

  3. Neil Hudelson says:

    I agree that this is not the end (and there really isn’t a way to “win” this war), but I do hope it provides some sort of impetus to begin the draw down of the “war” on terror.

  4. TG Chicago says:

    Do you foresee a future when we can say that there are not “others” out there?

  5. An Interested Party says:

    Do you foresee a future when we can say that there are not “others” out there?

    With the seemingly ingrained human fear of “the other” when will that future ever come…