On the week marking the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, think tanks, activist organizations, religious groups and the American media are taking this time to review U.S. policy in the past decade and its effects on Americans and the world.
Since the 9/11 attacks a decade ago, major changes have been made to U.S. security policy, both foreign and domestic. Speakers here at the New America Foundation discussed these changes and what they mean for the American people.
United States foreign policy has included the launching of two major wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, countless incursions into Pakistan, Libya, Yemen and other countries, and talks of military force against other nations.
Journalist Steve Coll argues that this militaristic mentality came from several previous military adventures perceived as quick and decisive victories.
Changes to U.S. domestic policy include greater alienation and unlawful actions against the American Muslim community by law enforcement officials. According to Susan Glasser of Foreign Policy magazine, the 9/11 attacks provided the ideological basis for this attitude.
Additionally, speakers argue that in this information age of advanced technology, current U.S. national security and counterterrorism measures will not stop future attacks on the United States.