Skip to comments.What America Has Lost, Itís clear we overreacted to 9/11
Posted on 09/05/2010 12:46:49 AM PDT by DakotaRed
by Fareed Zakaria September 04, 2010 Nine years after 9/11, can anyone doubt that Al Qaeda is simply not that deadly a threat? Since that gruesome day in 2001, once governments everywhere began serious countermeasures, Osama bin Ladens terror network has been unable to launch a single major attack on high-value targets in the United States and Europe. While it has inspired a few much smaller attacks by local jihadis, it has been unable to execute a single one itself. Today, Al Qaedas best hope is to find a troubled young man who has been radicalized over the Internet, and teach him to stuff his underwear with explosives. I do not minimize Al Qaedas intentions, which are barbaric. I question its capabilities. In every recent conflict, the United States has been right about the evil intentions of its adversaries but massively exaggerated their strength. In the 1980s, we thought the Soviet Union was expanding its power and influence when it was on the verge of economic and political bankruptcy. In the 1990s, we were certain that Saddam Hussein had a nuclear arsenal. In fact, his factories could barely make soap.
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With articles as this coming out, is it any wonder the country is going back to sleep?
No doubt if the Dems retain congressional power, we will see another Case-Church Amendment barring any further help to Iraq and Afghanistan, just as they did with Viet Nam
Over-reacted? How about UNDER reacted.
Zakaria has shown his true colors since 2003. He is now shilling for the enemy.
In fact, we under-reacted to 9-11, IMHO.
The wake up call really didn’t begin to sink in until Obama was elected, and we saw the reality of what it means to have an administration naive or willfully oblivious yo the threat of Islamo-fascism, that is pro-Islam, anti Israel and anti Western culture.
“In the 1980s, we thought the Soviet Union was expanding its power and influence when it was on the verge of economic and political bankruptcy”
IIRC, communism was on the march in the late ‘70s under Carter. Reagan was the one who bankrupted the Soviets, and seriously got thier attention in the 80s...with his “nyet” in Reykjavik...and Star Wars.
I know that this post is a little simplisitic, but so is my memory right now. It’s late. ;o)
Fareed Zakaria, you are today’s STUCK ON STUPID award winner.
I’m w/Dallas69. The gene pool requires chlorination.
I think we over reacted.
There never should have been a DHS.
We’ve lost more of those ‘freedoms’ the terrorists hate to our own government than the terrorists could have ever taken.
OOPS! Dallas59. Getting that person mixed up w/Daisyjane69.
“Fareed Zakaria, you are todays STUCK ON STUPID award winner.”
I totally agree, Cindy...and he has very stiff competiton for this award!
Starting with that gut-wrenching exclamation by GWB that, "Islam is a peaceful religion", our elitists of both parties have done nothing but surrender and capitulate and appease.
I should have also included, he also advocates the ground zero mosque.
In my estimation, he has returned to his own Muslim roots.
In GWB’s defense, he did start out stating that bin Laden was wanted dead or alive.
Those are some pretty tough cookies.
However, you are right...the much less than pro-active among the elites managed to change that tune real quick...including hs wife.
Wow, how simplistic.
I guess we overreacted to Pearl Harbor as well, because look at the threat the Japanese posed after the war ...
Fareed, ol' buddy, ol' pal, Madrid, London, Bali.
Not thousands dead. But hundreds.
I actually saw a recent copy of Propagandaweek in a waiting room a few days ago. What a joke it has become. There was page after page of left-wing editorials, and virtually no news. I get more substantial publications as junk mail every week.
The “overreation” demonstrated that nations could not offer an operational haven to extranational terrorist groups with no repercussions to themselves.