America’s $8 Trillion Dollar 9/11 Response: a Historic Disaster

Source: Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter

“Anyone who witnessed the horrors of the 9/11 attacks recalls the wrenching grief and anger that gripped the American people. The collective desire for revenge was entirely understandable. However, the response that George W. Bush’s administration and its successors adopted inflicted serious, perhaps irreparable, damage on America’s position in the world and on domestic civil liberties. That damage is still accumulating and will continue to do so until the American people insist on a more restrained U.S. foreign policy and take steps to rein in the toxic national security state that has mushroomed in the two decades since 9–11. If those changes are not made, Osama Bin Laden will have achieved his perverse goals in launching the attacks.” (09/13/21)