Amazing that is has been over 10 years since 9/11/01 and we declared war on “terror.”
What has changed?
Are we safer?
I really don’t think we are safer. We are more paranoid, we have spent a ton of money on concrete barriers around buildings.
We have crazy procedures to fly, take off your shoes, have only under 2oz liquids, that toenail clipper, that’s dangerous … It’s kabuki theater, costs a fortune, causes tons of delays and does nothing for security.
We made Sadaam Hussein and Iraq a scapegoat and spent trillions. Starting in March, 2003 we won the war easily. But lost the peace, oh how we lost the peace. Unilateral action, the Baath party ended thousands fired, the army disbanded – hundreds of thousands of young men with guns; nothing secured, records and antiquities destroyed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_War
Hundred of thousands of Iraqi causalities, thousands of American causalities, many more psychological then physical.
Who has benefited? Clearly all of the military subcontractors, and defense companies. And Kurdistan which is doing very well and is as stable as it has ever been.
Afghanistan attacked to get Bin Laden, almost captured in Tora Bora, but escaped. Trying to occupy a country, that is many, many nations but no real country. A nearly impossible project, not sure 10 years later unsure when we will disengage. A bizarre alliance with Pakistan where we have given billions and they have provided refuge to thousands including Bin Laden.
Lots of talk of patriotism, lots of money on “homeland security”, and lots of paranoia.
And one more thing .. the Patriot Act of 2001 that trampled on the 1st Amendment was where I went from Republican to Democrat.