What 9/11 Did Not Change
THE SOURCE: “9/11 in Retrospect” by Melvyn P. Leffler, in Foreign Affairs,Sept.–Oct. 2011.
Looking back, it’s easy to think of September 11 and its immediate aftermath as a time when U.S. officials made strategic choices that fundamentally changed the nation’s course. Melvyn P. Leffler, a historian at the University of Virginia, takes a different view. The 9/11 attacks were terrible, but “they did not change the world or transform the long-term trajectory of U.S. grand strategy,” Leffler writes.