On September 9, The Wall Street Journal asked a group of leading national security thinkers to respond to the question: Did the United States overreact to the 9/11 attacks? AEI's Paul Wolfowitz answered:That we made mistakes in Afghanistan and Iraq does not prove that we overreacted.Preventing further attacks required the U.S. to drop its law-enforcement approach to terrorism and recognize that we were at war. Consider the difference between Khalid Sheikh Mohammed—the mastermind of 9/11 who told us much of what we now know about al Qaeda—and his nephew Ramzi Yousef, the mastermind of the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center who can't be questioned (even most courteously) without his lawyer present and has told us nothing of significance. Or consider the difference between the ineffective retaliatory bombing of Afghanistan in 1998 and the 2001 response that brought down the Taliban regime.
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