As has been mentioned on many networks, in newspapers, and on blogs, today is the anniversary of the attacks on September 11, 2001. I don’t care to dwell on it but I do have a couple of points to make.
First, whatever others say we did not overreact to the attacks. If anything we underreacted. I think we did misreact and have said so ever since.
Second, all of the critical success factors behind the attacks are still in place with one exception: passivity. I’m not as convinced as some are that’s dispositive. Other than that we’ve changed very little. Oh sure, our travel is made incredibly inconvenient by security theater, clearly intended to convince Americans that we’re doing something. As I said that’s theater. How do I know? For a year and a half after 9/11 I traveled without hindrance with a boxcutter in my bag that I didn’t even realize was there. So much for security.