“The [June] 2008 National Defense Strategy approved by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates states that even winning the conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan will not end America’s ‘Long War’ against violent extremism. The Defense Strategy argues that the fight against Al Qaeda and other terrorists should be America’s top military priority over the coming decades, and, indeed, until its last day in the White House the Bush administration insisted that terrorism is this nation’s greatest threat.” [The 15th of the month used for date sorting purposes only.]

 – Fawaz A. Gerges, The Far Enemy, Pages 305-306