The United States officially declared War on Terror in 2001. Right after the horrible attacks of 9/11 but actually we’ve been fighting this War. At least since 1979, with Americans being held hostage by Islamic Revolutionaries in Iran. Or perhaps even longer then that back to 1972. With the Munich Olympics, and of course the bombing of Marine Barracks in Lebanon in 1983. Then you go up to the 1990s, with the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993. That was done by Al Queada, we were actually funding Al Queada in Afghanistan. In the late 70s and 1980s. The bombing of the USS Cole, the East African bombings in 1998. We’ve been dealing with Domestic Terrorism, at least since the end of the Civil War. With racist groups like the KKK and others.
Terrorism is not new to America, not even Islamic Terrorism. This is not a ten year war we’ve been fighting. We’ve been fighting Al Queada and have been in a Cold War. With States that Sponsor Terrorism for about thirty years now. Syria, Libya and Iran to name a few, its just it took the lives of 3000 American. In New York City and losing one of the best skyscrapers in the World. For us to wake up to the fact that we are in a War on Terror. Not saying these Terrorist Attacks are our fault. And that we deserve them but some of our policies have led to them. With all the troops we’ve stationed in the Middle East. Especially Saudi Arabia that doesn’t need our troops.
President Reagan was responding to Lebanon and what was going in Grenada as well. Back in 1983, eighteen years before we officially declared the War on Terror. Even though we’ve been fighting this War longer then that.