Are We Post-9/11?

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We may not be experts on the subject, but the least we [ought] do is recount our own experiences with the September 11 attacks and the 20-year aftermath.

Further Reading
Loose Canon: 9/11 (Lindsay Ellis)
Marvel Remembers the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 in ‘The Four Fives’
Revisiting Spielberg’s War of the Worlds: The 9/11 Parable is Strong in This One
Are We Ready to Rehabilitate George W. Bush’s Reputation?
‘Major American Failure.’ A Political Scientist on Why the U.S. Lost in Afghanistan

In 2002, the Taliban reached out to the United States and basically said, Look, we’ve lost. If you offer us some kind of place in the new Afghanistan, we’re willing to evolve into a political party. The Bush Administration did not even consider it because at the time al-Qaeda and the Taliban were sort of lumped together in this bucket of Bad Guys, Evildoers, Nazis almost. And so we weren’t willing to kind of make a deal. If we had just had a little less righteousness in 2002 and a little more pragmatism and savviness about how the war was going to go and how there was not going to be an easy victory, then maybe we could have cut a deal, and at far lower costs for America and for Afghanistan.

Dominic Tierney, Author

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