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What America Has Lost, Itís clear we overreacted to 9/11
Newsweek ^ | September 4, 2010 | Fareed Zakaria

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 Laden’s 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 Qaeda’s 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 Qaeda’s 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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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: fareedzakaria; idiotalert; radicaljihadist; september11; stuckonstupid; terrorists; usefulidiot; zakaria
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In 2003, Zakaria supported the Iraq invasion and within a short period of time, began opposing it.

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

1 posted on 09/05/2010 12:46:55 AM PDT by DakotaRed
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To: DakotaRed

Over-reacted? How about UNDER reacted.


2 posted on 09/05/2010 12:53:24 AM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: DakotaRed

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.


3 posted on 09/05/2010 12:53:28 AM PDT by Cincinna (TIME TO REBUILD * ? * RYAN * 2012)
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To: DakotaRed

“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)

Goooo Reagan!!!


4 posted on 09/05/2010 12:55:43 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Remember November...I can see it from my house!)
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To: All

Fareed Zakaria, you are today’s STUCK ON STUPID award winner.


5 posted on 09/05/2010 12:57:09 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: Dallas59

I’m w/Dallas69. The gene pool requires chlorination.


6 posted on 09/05/2010 12:58:11 AM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: DakotaRed

NEVER FORGET.


7 posted on 09/05/2010 12:58:20 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (posting handle made more sense, back before CNN became obama's shoe-shine stand...)
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To: DakotaRed

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.


8 posted on 09/05/2010 12:58:33 AM PDT by counterpunch (Imam B'araq Hussein Mohammad 0bama, President of the 57 States of Islam.)
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To: DakotaRed

OOPS! Dallas59. Getting that person mixed up w/Daisyjane69.


9 posted on 09/05/2010 12:59:21 AM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: Cindy

“Fareed Zakaria, you are today’s STUCK ON STUPID award winner.”

I totally agree, Cindy...and he has very stiff competiton for this award!


10 posted on 09/05/2010 12:59:31 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Remember November...I can see it from my house!)
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To: Dallas59
Over-reacted? How about UNDER reacted.

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.

11 posted on 09/05/2010 1:00:10 AM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or sooner)
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I should have also included, he also advocates the ground zero mosque.

http://www.newsweek.com/2010/08/06/the-real-ground-zero.html

In my estimation, he has returned to his own Muslim roots.


12 posted on 09/05/2010 1:01:18 AM PDT by DakotaRed (What happened to the country I fought for?)
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To: dixiechick2000

Bump.


13 posted on 09/05/2010 1:02:10 AM PDT by Cindy
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To: meadsjn

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.


14 posted on 09/05/2010 1:03:36 AM PDT by dixiechick2000 (Remember November...I can see it from my house!)
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To: DakotaRed

Wow, how simplistic.

I guess we overreacted to Pearl Harbor as well, because look at the threat the Japanese posed after the war ...


15 posted on 09/05/2010 1:06:09 AM PDT by An.American.Expatriate (Here's my strategy on the War against Terrorism: We win, they lose. - with apologies to R.R.)
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Osama bin Laden’s terror network has been unable to launch a single major attack on high-value targets in the United States and Europe.

Fareed, ol' buddy, ol' pal, Madrid, London, Bali.

Not thousands dead. But hundreds.

16 posted on 09/05/2010 1:06:16 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: DakotaRed
No doubt if the Dems and RINOS 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

Fixed it.

17 posted on 09/05/2010 1:06:42 AM PDT by WesternPacific (Deafness has its Advantages)
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To: DakotaRed

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.


18 posted on 09/05/2010 1:08:10 AM PDT by Fresh Wind (King: "I have a dream"...Sharpton: "I want a check")
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To: DakotaRed

The “overreation” demonstrated that nations could not offer an operational haven to extranational terrorist groups with no repercussions to themselves.


19 posted on 09/05/2010 1:13:26 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (Pardon him...he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe ... are the laws of nature)
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To: Cincinna
Zakaria is a mole. He's now in the depths of Newsweek and on the air. Note his shift from supporting US counter-terror policy now shifting to an “overreaction”????
This is part of a worrisome overall trend of infiltration by Islamicist and I am not trying to create a “Red Scare” all over again. We just have to open our eyes, record what we are seeing and VOTE accordingly folks...
20 posted on 09/05/2010 1:14:42 AM PDT by Netz
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