The Response to 9/11

The liberal left was very critical of President Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, and the so-called "neocons" for getting the U.S. into war with Iraq, an antipathy occasionally extending to the war in Afghanistan.  Whenever such criticism was voiced to me, I would always ask what the U.S. should have done as a result of 9/11.  I never got a satisfactory answer. Douglas J. Feith's 2009 book War ‎and ‎Decision: ‎Inside the Pentagon at the Dawn of the War on Terrorism, is a fascinating account of the days immediately following 9/11 and the intellectual debate which accompanied the decision-making process.  Feith was ‎the ‎undersecretary of defense for policy from the first days of the George Bush presidency‎ and ‎as such ‎was in the thick of things, enabling him to write this firsthand account.‎ In the beginning of the book, he lays out his career trajectory.‎  His father escaped from the Nazi killing ‎machine ‎ and came to America just after...(Read Full Article)