A War on Terror Accounting

Americans are in a sour mood on this 20th anniversary of 9/11, in part because of President Biden’s catastrophic withdrawal that finds the Taliban we deposed back in charge of Afghanistan. Was the entire war on terror a failure? The question is understandable, but as we remember the victims and heroes of that awful day, it’s also worth noting what has been accomplished.


Start with the fact that America hasn’t been struck with a comparable attack on the homeland since 9/11. As the 9/11 commission report noted, the jihadists had been at war with us for years, but we had refused to recognize it. There was every reason at the time to believe that our lack of vigilance had made us vulnerable to more such attacks, especially when the anthrax envelopes from an unknown source began arriving in mailboxes a week later.

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