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All of which play nicely into a long term strategy, and I can't disagree with any of them (save for the Florida shot).

But how will any of these stop a terrorist from blowing up an oil tanker or releasing anthrax in, say, the next 6-12 months?

Your ideas work in the long run, but can't say I see them working in the short run. There are too many groups with too much capability right now. Personally, I think we need to knock out the immediate threat before a long term defense strategy can work.

And, for the record, in case someone hasn't read my other posts on the topic, I am against wholesale bombing of civilian targets and against storming in with massive amounts of troops. Not only do I disagree with the concept, but I also don't think it will be effective. Best solution (out of several imperfect options) that I see is increased intelligence supplemented with heavy use of special ops teams. Target the terrorists, leave the civilians out of it, and disable terrorist capability. Not pretty, but I think it has the highest chance of success.

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