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.