The past decade has resulted in tremendous effort by the USA to prevent another 9/11 from occurring in the USA. It has succeeded but only history will tell US exactly why and I am very thankful for that success. But was it a victory?
IMO No! NO Victory! Why? Western Civilization has long been caught up in cause and effect whether accurately or inaccurately as a focus for understand events and even reality. To some extent the view of the Islamic World towards the USA as the Great Satan has been modified. In some cases strengthened and in some cases weakened.
But what has happened in that decade is the linking of democracy and capitalism and the “end of history” has been totally destroyed. Only those who don’t read the news or listen to current events could believe otherwise. After all no safe investment arena has been left to the middle class and now even the family home is regarded pretty much as shelter not an investment with prices declining on average nationally and mortgages exceed equity in over 40% of the USA. And 4-8 million foreclosures to go this decade.
Close to 50 million on food stamps and without medical coverage. Almost 50 million collecting disability. And student loans approaching or exceeding $1 trillion dollars.
The middle class in decline as family income declines for the first time in decades.
So 9/11 may not have caused this state of affairs but it did not help that almost $4 trillion went to various kinds of warfare against AQ and the Islamic World’s authoritarian leadership.
But little in the way of policy change is underway and as is usual in the US during Presidential election years the game is to prevent crisis, real or perceived, and thus policy stasis is the norm.
OF COURSE ALL OF THE ABOVE IS ABOUT THE ILLUSION OF CONTROL! The USA is not immune from the hazards, natural and manmade, that impact US.
So Happy New Year and hang on tight if the worse comes to pass. IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT.