9/11 wasn’t the Pearl Harbor of our generation

Source: Responsible Statecraft
by Matthew Warshauer

“When September 11 shook the nation to its core, many called it a new Pearl Harbor — the first time in more than a generation that the American homeland had been struck by a foreign enemy. The shock of the twin towers crumbling onto the streets of New York, smoke spewing from the side of the Pentagon, and a burned-out hole in a Pennsylvania field where flight #93 went down, all told Americans they were vulnerable. But 9/11 wasn’t Pearl Harbor. It didn’t represent an existential threat to American democracy and didn’t require a two-front invasion with decades of never-ending combat operations. … The truth of 9/11 is that it was a trap, one that could only be sprung by the United States. It worked.” (09/03/21)