The “war on terror” cannot and will not end on its own for two reasons: (1) it is designed by its very terms to be permanent, incapable of ending, since the war itself ironically ensures that there will never come a time when people stop wanting to bring violence back to the US (the operational definition of “terrorism”), and (2) the nation’s most powerful political and economic factions reap a bonanza of benefits from its continuation.
This is self-evident, and it’s designed to make a lot of money for a lot of people. It’s one of the many benefits of lesser-of-two-evilism, because both major parties are led by warmongering profiteers.
It should also be noted that the War on Terror has expanded and grown even more horrific under Barack Obama. We’re now bombing Afghan kids who are out collecting firewood. We’re bombing first responders who try to rescue folks have we’ve let off a bomb the first time. Guantanamo has gotten bigger, and been expanded. We exempt people who kill prisoners during torture sessions from prosecutions. We now know that the secret prisons were real.
The more you learn about the War on Terror, the more you’ll understand why the world hates us.