According to a RAND report, Al-Qaeda has been generally unsuccessful in recruiting terrorists from the United States over the past ten years.
The New Statesman’s Staggers blog argues that 9/11 has had little long term effect on public opinion.
At the Spectator’s Coffee House blog Daniel Korski argues that, contrary to the popular myth, European public opinion views America favourably and supports the Global War on Terror.
Petraeus and the CIA
According to the Daily Telegraph there are fears that the CIA’s new head, David Petraeus, will “militarise” it.
However, Spencer Ackerman of Wired believes that the CIA’s paramilitary functions have already increased substantially.
John Wendle also argues in Time that Petraeus leaves behind a mixed legacy in Afghanistan.
Syria & Iraq
Die Zeit’s Wolfgang Bauer delivers a undercover report from Syria, indicating that a NATO intervention would be welcomed.
Tony Blair calls for Assad to stand down and calls for regime change in Iran.
Foreign Policy’s Peter Fever argues that Obama’s rumoured decision to keep only 3,000 American soldiers in Iraq by the end of the year.