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File 911: General
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Bret Swanson, "Masters of the Negative-Sum Universe" (10/1/01). Are budget surpluses and high taxes the prescription for a wartime economy?
Deroy Murdock, "National-Security Risks" (11/15/01). Meanwhile, back on the home front, too many politicians see war as just another pork barrel.
Fouad Ajami, "The Sentry's Solitude" (12/12/01); Mark Steyn, "The Grapes of Wrath" (12/13/01). Two commentaries on how the world has changed since September 11th.
Daily Telegraph, "Transcript of Osama bin Laden Video" (12/13/01). The "smoking gun", as translated by independent experts.
William Langley, "Revealed: What Really Went On During Bush's 'Missing Hours'" (12/16/01). An account of what the President did on September 11th, from waking up at an idyllic Florida resort to a false alarm just before midnight.
Ramesh Ponnuru, "Get Realist" (12/19/01). Some liberals are now pretending that President Bush's post-September 11th successes stem from reversal of his foreign policy principles. That is an exceptionally blatant misperception.
Mark Shea, "America, Looking Inward" (12/29/01). The war against evil without should not distract us from being serious about correcting evil within.
Richard A. Posner, "In Over Their Heads" (1/27/02). The war has exposed once again the tendency of "public intellectuals" to get everything wrong.
Daily Telegraph interview with Don Rumsfeld (2/25/02). "You can only defend by finding terrorists and rooting them out."
Stanley Kurtz, "Left Plays Survivor" (3/7/02). What the Left most fears about the war.
Stanley Kurtz, "It's War!" (3/26/02). The shooting war opens a new battleground in the culture war.
Fred Barnes, "Five Things That Have Changed" (3/27/02). "Normalcy" may be returning to U.S. politics in some respects, but September 11th did fundamentally change the way that Americans view the world and how the world interacts with America.
Jaime Sneider, "Just Another Issue" (4/10/02). For Tom Daschle and his admirers, September 11th changed nothing.
Roger Rowlett (photographer), "Tribute in Light" (4/22/02). Photographs of a spectacular commemoration of Ground Zero.
Richard Starr, "Know When to Fold" (6/13/02). It's tough playing the opposition hand in time of war, but the Democrats do worse than they have to.
Paul Hollander, "The 'Banality of Evil' and the Political Culture of Hatred" (6/19/02). Perhaps true evil is not simply "banal".
Andrew Higgins & Alan Cullison, "The Saga of an Egyptian Jihad Leader" (7/2/02). A detailed portrait of the man called the 'brains of bin Laden'."
Roger Kimball, "The Fortunes of Permanence" (7/9/02). How can culture survive in the post-9/11 world?
George W. Bush, "Spirit of Freedom Tributes: At the Pentagon and Ellis Island" (9/11/02). The President's speeches on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks. "We fight as Americans have always fought, not just for ourselves, but for the security of our friends, and for peace in the world. We fight for the dignity of life against fanatics who feel no shame in murder. We fight to protect the innocent, so that the lawless and the merciless will not inherit the earth."
Jonathan V. Last, "The Best and Worst of 9/11/02" (9/12/02). A roundup of essays about 9/11/01, ranging from the profound to the shallowly anti-American.
Paul Johnson, "Leviathan to the Rescue" (10/3/02). Without the American "leviathan", the world would have "no power-of-last-resort to uphold international order. Wolf and jackal states would quickly emerge to prey on their neighbors. It would be a world as described by Thomas Hobbes in his Leviathan (1651), in which, deprived of a giant authority figure 'to keep them all in awe,' civilization would break down, and life, for most of mankind, would be 'nasty, brutish and short.'"
Charles Jacobs, "Why Israel, and Not Sudan, Is Singled Out" (10/5/02). "Seeking expiation [of alleged Western sins] instead of universal justice means ignoring the sufferings of these victims of non-Western aggression and making relatively more of the suffering of those caught in confrontation with people like 'us.' If the Israelis are being 'profiled' because they are like 'us,' the slaves of Sudan are ignored because their masters' behavior has nothing to do with us."
Council of Foreign Relations, "Terrorist Financing" (10/17/02). This report of a CFR task force details al-Qaeda's sources of funding. The most widely reported and disturbing conclusion is that Saudi-controlled Arabia is a key element in the financial structure of terrorism. "For years, individuals and charities based in Saudi Arabia have been the most important source of funds for al-Qaeda; and for years, Saudi officials have turned a blind eye to this problem."
Victor Davis Hanson, "Muscular Independence" (3/14/03). "The American people are not naifs who yearn for isolationism, but they are starting to ask some hard questions about the way we have been doing business for 50 years, and it may well be time to grant the French, Canadians, Germans, Turks, South Koreans, and a host of others their wishes for independence from us: polite friendship ? but no alliances, no bases, no money, no trade concessions, and no more begging for the privilege of protecting them."
Jonathan V. Last, "Foreign Correspondents" (4/2/03). "If there is anything that can be said to be 'enjoyable' about this war, it must surely be the delights of the CENTCOM 7:00 a.m. press briefings. Handled mostly by the able Brigadier General Vincent Brooks, they shed little light on the actual progress of the war, but give a clear look into the minds of the press."
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