APB’s Daniel Benjamin Debates if Victory Over ISIS Can Be More Than a Mirage
26 Jun 2015
June 26 2015 | Former State Department counterterrorism coordinator and APB speaker Daniel Benjamin recently debated the question “Can Victory Be More Than a Mirage?” with other experts in The New York Times' opinion page, Room for Debate.
In Benjamin’s response, he points out the differences between Al Qaeda and ISIS, urging others to refrain from exaggerating the threat ISIS poses. Benjamin notes that the current conflict regarding ISIS is not about the United States, but a sectarian conflict between Sunni and Shia. Benjamin encourages the US to modify its engagement by embedding special operations trainers closer to the combat, stating that major deployment is not required and would be dangerous.
Daniel Benjamin has become the go-to expert in assessing the complex terrorism trends our world faces. He has written about preventing terrorism on the international stage as the longest serving Coordinator for Counterterrorism in the United States. An in-demand speaker, Benjamin shares insights into the extraordinary challenges faced by those who must decide when the nation should act and protect its citizens, as well as the possible consequences of ignoring threats.