All Further Articles for 2011-09-11

Sunday, September 11, 2011
The Cost of War
Bin Laden said a key aim of Al Qaeda was "bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy." On many levels, he's come close. A look at the $1.2 trillion the debacles in Iraq and Afghanistan have cost us, and what could have been done with that money at home. If you can stand it, watch the figures tick up and up.
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The Years of Shame
Paul Krugman blogs today: The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.
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Saturday, September 10, 2011
What We Lost: Remembrance As Narcotic
On 9/11, much to grieve. The act itself and its losses: Legendary war photographer James Nachtwey captures the surreal horror. The first responders , and what we have failed to give them. The crap, the tchotchkes born of America's ceaseless need to profit in the name of remembrance. Most grievously, the cost of that heartfelt but deeply flawed national remembering - the 10 years of wars, and lies, and numbing. "Remembrance became a narcotic that turned a prosperous nation at peace into a debt-ridden wayward giant lumbering around the world, willfully ignorant of its folly, (failing )... to ask the most basic questions about our military adventures. It fogged the minds of (those) who grafted their fantasies of liberty and justice for all, down to the last tent in the last village in the last desert, onto a cynical ploy to 'restore American greatness.'”
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