Victory in One Year with $1 Billion
If I had been president, I would have won the war on terror for, lets be super extra conservative here, 1/5,000th the cost. I would have easily won it for a super liberal number of one billion dollars as opposed to the Trillions spent already not to mention the future collapse of our Republic as a consequence of the way it was prosecuted.
First: Investigate and Reward
First, I would have asked congress to establish a non-partisan, non-political investigatory committee to investigate exactly what organization was to blame and who the leaders and main perpetrators were and to allocate $100 million as reward money for those who brought forth information that became relevant no questions asked.
Second: Declare War
Had we declared war on Al Qaeda then there would have been a real enemy that could swiftly have been destroyed and quickly ended the war. A declaration of war is completely necessary for the aggressive and offensive use of force.
Third: Bounty for Dead or Alive
Next, now that war is declared on the organizations and people that were involved in the events of 9/11, I would then ask congress to create a $900M slush fund as reward money for those who brought in the leaders and members of the organization as a bounty. Dead or alive, no questions asked, if those individuals who war is declared against were brought in, the bounty goes to those who brought them in with no questions asked.
Fourth: Give a Mighty Speech
After other nations and people did all of the heavy lifting and did all the killing and brought in everyone that is needed and all the perpetrators are gone and captured or killed, then I would give one hell of a speech declaring absolute victory and a warning that any other people or organization who dares commit an atrocious act of civilian mass murder would meet the same fate, death and incarceration.
This all would have probably happened within a very short amount of time especially after the war is declared which is after the swift investigation so all within a year. Done. Over. No targeted killing, no JSOC run amok, no torture, no mercenaries, no invasions, no occupations, no insurgencies, no wounded warriors, no collateral damage, just a bunch of captured international mass murderers. I would have done all of this without even uttering the word “terrorist.”