Unlearned Lessons of the Endless War

Sixteen years later, why we’re not winning.

Sixteen years ago today a war was brought to our city streets by an enemy we already knew but misunderstood. The 9/11 attack may have been the ultimate “black swan” event: something that we should have known was coming and should have prepared for but didn’t.

There are many reasons for the failures to foresee and to prepare, some of which still apply to us today. They are reflected in our cultural attitudes, the way we have fought the war, and in the people we have chosen to be president since September 11. 2001.

They form the lessons we should have learned from this war and still haven’t.

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  • ismiselemeas

    9/11 is just one dot in an unbroken line 1400 years old.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Who is we?

  • Endless?

    In 1941, Japan attacked the American base at Pearl Harbour. In 1945, the militaristic Japanese surrendered unconditionally.

    NOTHING has to be endless.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Sometime between 1945 and 2001, the phrase “unconditional surrender” became as archaic as “thee” and “thou.”