In looking for something else, I stumbled across these op-ed columns I wrote back in 2001 during the aftermath of the 9-11 situation. It is interesting to me, to see what I was right about and what I was wrong about…
At the time of this writing, America has passed the first few hours after hell paid a visit. Rescue efforts are beginning, airspace is shutdown and the government is in exile in Nebraska. Reality has taken on the horror of a Tom Clancy novel gone wrong.
As we would expect, President Bush spoke to the nation. Most of what he said would be what we would expect of our national leader, but one sentence stuck out for me as being a moment of unintentional brilliance; “The resolve of our great nation is being tested. But make no mistake: We will show the world that we will pass this test.”
I do not know if Bush realized the truth of what he said, but he is right. America is being tested, but I do not share Bush’s confidence. . .
. . . Tragically, I think the United States is gearing up to fight a war we will lose. Afghanistan (with U.S. equipment and training) beat the Soviet Union in the ’80s in a time when the Soviet military was the world’s finest. Today, the situation is even more grim with the ready availability of chemical and biological weapons and bin Laden’s lack of restraint in using the most horrific methods of war possible. . .
What is even more strange to me is to remember how Iraq wasn’t even on the radar screen of the American public in 2001, and now our nation is bogged down in a neverending war of occupation and resistance to that occupation.