In testimony before the House Oversight Committee's National Security and Foreign Affairs Subcommittee, Carnegie President Jessica T. Mathews delivered remarks entitled: “Six Years Later: Assessing Long-Term Threats, Risks and the U.S. Strategy for Security in a Post-9/11 World.”

The Iraq war will be the turning point that changes the basic parameters of our security picture for decades. The war's monopoly on our political energy, which has now stretched to five years -- an eon in a time of fast-moving global change -- is one of its greatest uncounted costs.