Today, the Center for American Progress and Foreign Policy released their annual “Terrorism Index,” a survey of more than 100 U.S. foreign policy experts, conservatives and liberals alike, on developments in international affairs. Some highlights:
— 80 percent say that the U.S. has focused too much on the war in Iraq and not enough on Afghanistan.
— 69 percent recommend that the majority of U.S. forces in Iraq be redeployed in the next 18 months, up one percent from last year.
— Zero percent say Iraq is most likely to become the next al Qaeda stronghold; 51 percent say Pakistan will be.
— 81 percent say U.S. policy towards Iran has negatively impacted national security.
The report also notes more positive conclusions. In June 2007, just 6 percent of the experts said the U.S. was winning the war on terrorism. Today, 21 percent say the U.S. is making headway in fighting terrorism.