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Sep 29th 2007

9/11 Is Over

Tom Friedman says a lot of what I’ve had kicking around in my head over the past year.

I will not vote for any candidate running on 9/11. We don’t need another president of 9/11. We need a president for 9/12. I will only vote for the 9/12 candidate.

What does that mean? This: 9/11 has made us stupid. I honor, and weep for, all those murdered on that day. But our reaction to 9/11 – mine included – has knocked America completely out of balance, and it is time to get things right again.

I think this is right on. Some of the specifics that Friedman uses to support his argument are weak, in my view, but the overall point that American policy has been disproportionately distorted by 9/11 is correct.

One Response to “9/11 Is Over”

  1. The thing that I think is important to note is that Americans are hyper-weary of casualties. We lose dozens here and there to terrorism over the last couple of decades and then 3,000 on 9/11. I think that a lot of Americans are weary of anyone that could become president and not go the extra mile in preventing anything like that (or worse) from happening.

    You just can’t fight fair with suicidal people. Sure, there are things we could be doing better, but I think that turning the other cheek and trying to restore our image in the world through not waging an aggressive war on terror is beyond the level of patience America has.

    On a different topic he raises….I will never understand why or how America seems so far behind Asia sometimes with gadgets…!!