War on Terror not Over, Poll Finds
From Rasmussen: Only 11% Think War on Terror Is Over
Voters overwhelmingly reject the idea that the war on terror is over one year after the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden, although most feel his al Qaeda terrorist group is weaker today. But a majority also still thinks a terrorist attack is possible in the next year.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 11% of Likely U.S. Voters think the war on terror is over. Seventy-nine percent (79%) say that war, declared after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, is not over. Another 11% are undecided.
I was unaware that there had been a declaration that the “war on terror” was over (although, granted, this administration has stopped using the term). At a minimum, the presence of troops in Afghanistan and the ongoing drone attacks would seem to underscore, for good or ill, that the conflict in questions continues unabated.
Fundamentally this is a silly question because the only way the “war on terror” can be declared over is if terrorism is indeed gone forever (which underscores the problem with the formulation in the first place).
Of course, this is really all about the current brouhaha over Osama bin Laden’s death and the desire for the Romney camp to downplay the event and the desire for the Obama camp to remind everyone that of it.