Wednesday, September 11, 2013


MSNBC continues its annual tradition of replaying 9/11 as it happened live a decade ago.

Of lessons learned, one won't get much, if any, discussion. For a moment we had the extraordinary sympathy of the world - and it took us almost no time at all to squander it. We lost it with arrogance, cowboying, and over-reach. How tragic we didn't have statesmen in power who could have built a constructive world community from these feelings of good will. We have to do it our way, the chosen people, the City on a Hill, arrogant, ignorant of history and of how and why great powers decline and die. Well, we can't blame anyone else for our present mess. We've met the enemy and they are us.

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