Against All Enemies Test | Final Test - Hard

Richard A. Clarke
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Watson get FBI supervisors to participate in looking for al Qaeda cells?

2. Why do some people feel secure about future terrorist attacks?

3. To get fresh eyes looking for bin Laden, what does the CSG turn to?

4. What does Clarke threaten in a media interview?

5. What does the State Department originally have for anthrax prevention?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are the results of al Qaeda's first act of war against the U.S. since their issued fatwa? How does it affect more than just U.S. citizens?

2. In terms of taking action against terrorism, where does the White House stand? The Pentagon? How is this seen in their decisions?

3. What is a Pol-Mil Plan? How does it get started?

4. How is Pakistan involved with al Qaeda? How are Pakistan and U.S. relations? As plans are developed to retaliate against al Qaeda, why is Pakistan mentioned and considered?

5. Describe the political cartoon that reflects Clarke's feelings about the Bush administration. What does this motivate Clarke to do?

6. What are the major problems that prevent reasoning with the Taliban?

7. List in detail the concerns Clarke has in protecting the troops during the first Iraq War against "special" weapons.

8. What are the general American reactions to U.S.'s retaliation with missiles? How do they come to this conclusion? Is it reasonable?

9. What are some differences between George W. Bush and Clinton? Which stands out the most to Clarke?

10. Why is the timing of a strike against al Qaeda questionable in relation to the President?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Further research a terrorist group to learn about its goals, such as al Qaeda or Hezbollah. What does the terrorist group teach its followers? What does it hope to achieve? How does it hope to reach its goals?

Essay Topic 2

Compare Reagan and George H.W. Bush's non-military response to Clinton and George W. Bush's military response to terrorism. Which avenue seems to work better? What other influences are there that determines the effectiveness of a response?

Essay Topic 3

What ethical, moral and political principals must be considered when making executive decisions that concern illegal acts such as snatches and assassinations? When is it right? Is it ever right? Provide at least two examples of when a President must consider these dilemmas. What does the President decide and how does he come to his conclusion?

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