Ten years after the attacks on the United States by al Qaeda, expert Stephen Grand, director of the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at Brookings, reflects on the progress the United States has made, and the continuing conduct of the war on terror. Grand says we have killed or captured key terrorist leaders, including Osama bin Laden, and significantly weakened al Qaeda while strengthening our own national security. However, U.S. retaliation has served to further alienate Muslim peoples across the globe, and ended U.S. naivety about its reputation in the world as a force for good.
Initially, it seemed Turkey was seeking a bargain with or financial support from Saudi Arabia. But it increasingly appears that Turkey is seeking to inflict maximum damage on [Mohammad bin Salman].