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The long shadow of 9/11 : America's response to terrorism /
Brian Michael Jenkins, John Paul Godges, editors.
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Santa Monica, CA : RAND, c2011.
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xii, 209 p. ; 23 cm.
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9780833058331 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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Santa Monica, CA : RAND, c2011.
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9780833058331 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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8343206
 
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In a series of essays, this book addresses the question of how America has responded in the ten years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks and suggests options for more effectively dealing with the terrorist threat in the future.
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"This book will make a significant contribution to our understanding of the past ten years and inform decisions about where we should go from here. It s a much-needed call to mark this anniversary by reassessing those things we now accept as common wisdom. The perspectives and insights in these essays are inadequately reflected in the current discussion and debate." --Suzanne E. Spaulding, executive director of both the National Commission on Terrorism and the Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
This book will make a significant contribution to our understanding of the past ten years and inform decisions about where we should go from here. It's a much-needed call to mark this anniversary by reassessing those things we now accept as common wisdom. The perspectives and insights in these essays are inadequately reflected in the current discussion and debate. Suzanne E. Spaulding, Executive director of both the National Commission on Terrorism and the Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
The attacks on 9/11 set in motion a great array of changes in America. These essays capture this upheaval, but better still they do something RAND is so well positioned to do: They provide expert assessments of where our responses are strong, where they have fallen short, and how we need to change yet more. Honorable Richard J. Danzig, Former U.S. Secretary of the Navy and chairman of the Center for a New American Security
"The attacks on 9/11 set in motion a great array of changes in America. These essays capture this upheaval, but better still they do something RAND is so well positioned to do: They provide expert assessments of where our responses are strong, where they have fallen short, and how we need to change yet more." - Honorable Richard J. Danzig, former U.S. Secretary of the Navy and chairman of the Center for a New American Security
This book helpfully outlines the central reality--that America is engaged in what has already been, and promises to continue being, a long war. It emphasizes that despite the killing of Osama Bin Laden and the advent of the 'Arab Spring,' America will continue to need an effective counterterrorist strategy. The papers also provide a good outline of the progress America has made in a number of vital areas, particularly intelligence and military capabilities, in the past decade. Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III, Chairman of the National Commission on Terrorism and head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq in 2003 and 2004
"This book helpfully outlines the central reality that America is engaged in what has already been, and promises to continue being, a long war. It emphasizes that despite the killing of Osama Bin Laden and the advent of the ’Arab Spring, America will continue to need an effective counterterrorist strategy. The papers also provide a good outline of the progress America has made in a number of vital areas, particularly intelligence and military capabilities, in the past decade." --Ambassador L. Paul Bremer III, chairman of the National Commission on Terrorism and head of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq in 2003 and 2004
"Despite the killing of Osama bin Laden and the advent of the 'Arab Spring,' America will continue to need an effective counterterrorist strategy. These papers provide a good outline of the progress America has made in a number of vital areas." - L. Paul Bremer III, Former Chairman, National Commission on Terrorism, and Former Head, Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq
"This book is a much-needed call to mark this anniversary by reassessing those things we now accept as common wisdom. The perspectives and insights in these essays are inadequately reflected in the current discussion and debate." - Suzanne E. Spaulding, Former Executive Director, National Commission on Terrorism; and Former Executive Director, Commission to Assess the Organization of the Federal Government to Combat the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
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Table of Contents
Forewordp. iii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: The Shadow of 9/11 Across Americap. 1
A Moment to Reflectp. 2
An Honest Accountingp. 4
An American Perspectivep. 6
A Better Criterionp. 7
Humbled By Hubrisp. 9
The Costs of Overreactionp. 15
Overreactions and Underestimatesp. 15
Bruised but Not Brokenp. 18
Related Readingp. 20
A Long-Overdue Adaptation to the Afghan Environmentp. 23
How the Western-Lead Model Has Caused Problemsp. 25
What an Afghan-Lead Model Could Have Looked Likep. 28
Related Readingp. 34
Lessons from the Tribal Areasp. 37
Debating the Threatp. 38
Countering al Qaeda and Its Alliesp. 42
A Long Warp. 44
Related Readingp. 45
The Iraq War: Strategic Overreach by America-and Also al Qaedap. 47
The Narrative Godsend to al Qaedap. 48
The University of Jihad?p. 49
The (Mis)management of Savageryp. 50
Lessons Learned by al Qaedap. 51
… and the United Statesp. 52
The Iraq War Versus the Arab Uprisingsp. 53
Related Readingp. 54
Hopeful Amid Extreme Ideologies and Intense Fearsp. 57
Where Are We in the "War of Ideas"?p. 61
From the Generic to the Specificp. 62
Whose War Is It?p. 67
Related Readingp. 70
Al Qaeda's Propaganda: A Shifting Battlefieldp. 71
Al Qaeda Under Attackp. 74
Defending the Movementp. 78
Implications for U.S. Strategy and Policyp. 82
Related Readingp. 85
Have We Succumbed to Nuclear Terror?p. 87
A Psychological Triumphp. 88
Ambitions, Not Capabilitiesp. 90
Absence of Warningp. 92
Hypothetical Possession, Vivid Consequencesp. 93
Spinning Nuclear Fantasiesp. 95
Driven by Our Imaginationp. 96
Harnessing the Powerp. 97
Related Readingp. 99
Torn Between Physical Battles and Moral Conflictsp. 101
Winning Every Battle but Losing the War Against Terrorists and Insurgentsp. 105
Diminishing Supportp. 107
Winning the Battles and the Warsp. 109
Related Readingp. 110
The Strategic Dilemma of Terrorist Havens Calls for Their Isolation, Not Eliminationp. 113
The Ongoing Challengep. 115
Time for a Different Approachp. 117
Related Readingp. 120
Our Own Behavior Can Be Our Weakest Link-or Our Strongest Weaponp. 121
Showing, Not Just Tellingp. 122
Shooting Oneselfp. 123
Counter Resentment, Counter Terrorismp. 125
Related Readingp. 127
Driven By Unreasonable Demandsp. 129
Don't Let Short-Term Urgency Undermine a Long-Term Security Strategyp. 133
Demanding Perfection Makes Failure Inevitablep. 138
Sustainable Security Equals Successp. 141
Time to Reduce the Pendulum Swings in Security Policyp. 143
Related Readingp. 145
Flight of Fancy? Air Passenger Security Since 9/11p. 147
Air Travel Is Safe and Securep. 150
Missed Opportunitiesp. 153
The Decade Aheadp. 158
Related Readingp. 160
The Intelligence of Counterterrorismp. 161
From Nation-States to Terrorist Targetsp. 162
How Are We Doing?p. 164
Related Readingp. 167
Inspired to Build a Stronger Americap. 169
The Public Health System in the Wake of 9/11: Progress Made and Challenges Remainingp. 173
Progress Has Been Made on Many Frontsp. 176
Important Challenges Remainp. 178
A Path Forwardp. 181
Related Readingp. 184
The Link Between National Security and Compensation for Terrorism Lossesp. 185
Compensation for 9/11 Victimsp. 187
Current Compensation Mechanisms for Terrorist Attacksp. 189
Designing a Strategy for the Futurep. 191
Related Readingp. 193
The Land of the Fearful, or the Home of the Brave?p. 195
A New Era Definedp. 196
Alarms but No More 9/llsp. 197
The Constitution Holds, Mostlyp. 198
Little Tolerance for Riskp. 201
A Nation Continually at Warp. 203
American Values Damagedp. 205
From External to Internal Threatsp. 205
Home of the Bravep. 207
Related Readingp. 207
About the Editorsp. 209
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