Are We Winning The War On Terror?

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This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.
I couldn't sleep last night. Honest. I kept thinking about the front page article in Monday's New York Times on how al Qaeda is regaining power.

Camps are again operating on the frontier between Pakistan and Afghanistan. And while Osama bin Laden doesn't seem to have the control he once did, his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, is still calling the shots.

No, this is not "Groundhog Day." It's worse. You have awakened from a sound sleep only to realize that the date on the calendar is Sept. 12

It's five years into the War on Terror and not only is al Qaeda alive and kicking, but so is the Taliban. U.S. commanders in Afghanistan have been worried all winter about a major spring offensive.

And of course, there's Iraq. A place where there were no terrorists is now full of them. Just because America hasn't been attacked again doesn't mean the war on terror is being won.

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