Bergen: Time to move on from war on terror
The death of Osama bin Laden should allow the United States to focus on things like the rise of China, CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen said.
May 2nd, 2011
10:52 PM ET

Bergen: Time to move on from war on terror

The killing of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden should be the cue for the United States to end its war on terror, CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen said Monday.

"Killing bin Laden is the end of the war on terror. We can just sort of announce that right now," Bergen said.

Bergen believes that the iconic nature of bin Laden's persona cannot be replaced. He says that Pakistan still is a hotbed for terrorism, and that small-scale attacks are possible.

But at some point, he says, the United States has to say the war on terror is over. Otherwise, he says, the country will fight it forever.

"It’s time to move on," Bergen said in an interview with CNN's Radio's Lisa Desjardins.

Without having to hunt down bin Laden, Bergen argues, the United States can focus on things like the rise of China and the revolutions in various Arab countries.

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  1. Alannah

    I was just watching Anderson 360 and I can not even believe that he said this was done on "bush's watch" Obama did this! He was left with a legacy of debt and the worst financial crisis since the great depression. He has tried to bring back America and still defeat the bad guys that the Bush Administration actually created. Give him his due right. Signed a CANADIAN

    May 2, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dan ehrlich

    It would appear Osama Bin Laden's usefulness to America as a living person had run its course. Now, he has more value dead.

    With the US involved in another Middle East conflict and revolts going on throughout the region, America needed a trump card to tell the Arabs we're still a major factor there.The fact that the US has taken a backseat in the Libyan action hasn't worked out the way we had hoped. You might say killing Bin laden was our brand of gunboat diplomacy, reasserting our presence in the Muslim world.

    According to a US Senate report, there was a time when our forces could have smashed the Al Qaeda leadership and captured Osama Bin Laden. But, we let him escape by order of GW Bush and Donald Rumsfeld.

    The reason was simple: Bin Laden was more valuable to the war effort and less trouble by being on the loose. This devious logic is even stretching it for such an underhanded regime in the White House. We had to have an identifiable enemy to keep chasing. The war effort would then switch to Iraq and Dick Cheney’s patriotic pals at Halliburton would become that much richer before moving their headquarters to Dubai.

    May 2, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ryan Yost

    The world needs to see photos or video proof of his death regardless of graphic nature. Too many speculations, stories, "what ifs" right down to the whole "he's been dead since 02~03 from kidney failure and been on ice since" gossip! Show the world as did they when they beheaded individuals in the past! Step up America!

    May 2, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lucifer

    The war will never be over as long as my minions are running around causing mayhem. Bwahaha! You can't kill me with bombs or bullets, only love and none of you feeble humans has the drive or determination to demand the world stop hating.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:00 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      You know Lucifer, the statements you make might be sick, but in this case, I have to agree with you.

      May 3, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  5. i rock

    the world doesnt need pics. .they dont want to believe it fug em

    May 3, 2011 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. nina786

    hope to end the war to terrorist.....:)
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    May 3, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. I Want Photos

    I want photos too. We've seen proof of Saddam+Sons, and with all the conspiracy theories floating around I'd like to know which side to take. Photos would solve that. The guy was killed and buried a week before any of us knew about it. I've defended obama against the xenophobic and partisan, but this is too convenient and sterile.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Canadian Genius

    Really? No mention of the Canadian election results here, or on CNN's main page? Other international sites have given results, including BBC. Even FOX mentioned it.

    That's it. I'm out of here.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • whtthefuk

      are all canadians so sensitive?

      May 3, 2011 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. raven

    If and when photos get released then people will cry out that the photos were faked. There is just no pleasing those with a conspiracy mindset.

    May 3, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
    • bobcat2u

      Couldn't have said it better !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      May 3, 2011 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey

    I agree with raven regarding photos.
    I don't think proof is wanted: many Americans love to escape from their ugly and vapid lives into gory sensationalism and pretend they do it because they are very, very righteous and desire certainty that justice has been done.
    Obama is smart. He knows that it would be as dangerous as training a pet king cobra for his 2012 campaign and probable next term to fake the killing of the CEO and spoiled, major benefactor of terrorism.
    Bin Laden has been eliminated and flushed.
    I don't want to see his bullet holes depicted on the altar of my church next Sunday with a thank-you note in italic script.

    May 3, 2011 at 4:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. Joey

    I agree only somewhat with CNN's national-security analyst.
    I do not think we can turn our backs on terrorism at all: only we have our own backs.
    I agree that we need to contemplate seriously our posture regarding China, being aware that we can change only our posture and actions; we cannot tell China how to act, even if we send more missionaries, and no matter how much we love their little communist children, whom the Maoist Chinese are brilliantly unwilling to spawn in overly fecund excess.
    We need to dramatically revise our posture in the Middle East regarding Palestine. I see no way to achieve this quickly since we depend on the presence of Israel to continue to separate the Arab countries maintaining a divided Persian Empire that fuels our economic dynamic and SUVs. If President Obama can solve that problem, I'll vote to declare him God.

    May 3, 2011 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. Joey

    @ Canadian Genius:
    FOX has a somewhat different audience from CNN's, and BBC certainly does.
    How many USA citizens who choose CNN as their source of news, in your estimation, have ever visited Canada?
    Do you realize that quite a few of our citizens could not locate Canada on a map?

    May 3, 2011 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  13. Joey

    Lucifer 12:00 AM ET might have a point for future consideration, despite his deceptive rhetoric and mask.
    Nevertheless, at this time, bullets are better than butter or love.
    That also goes for arrests and trials.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. countryboy

    The end of time as we know it. http://WWW.CDBABY.COM/ALL/NUMONE bye now!

    May 3, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  15. Joey

    I have to ask Albert.

    May 3, 2011 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
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