We Lost 10 Years to the “War on Terror,” It’s Time We Admit It

Brian Frydenborg
October 11, 2013

When you look at the entirety of events over the last twelve years – 9/11, the wars, our degenerating politics, broken government, and economic catastrophes – the picture is bleak.

We’ve watched our country sputter and fail at home and abroad, and the truth is undeniable: We haven’t learned from, admitted, or understood our mistakes, and we aren’t on a better track now than we were on September 10, 2001. That’s the opposite of progress.

For Al-Qaeda, 9/11 was about much, much more than just killing Americans. The single finest article I’ve ever read (and I’ve read many) about the so-called “War on Terror” was Mark Danner’s “Taking Stock of the Forever War” from the New York Times Magazine, published on the fourth anniversary of the attacks.

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