June 20, 2013 | Volume 117 Number 9

America loses the 'war on terror'

Guest Commentary

On Sept. 11, 2001, al-Qaida terrorists, on orders from their superiors based in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan, flew U.S. commercial planes into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon. They would have targeted the White House or Capitol with a fourth plane if not for the heroism of the passengers on Flight 93. Overall, almost 3,000 Americans were murdered. Nine days later, President George W. Bush told the nation, “We condemn the Taliban regime. ... Our war on terror begins with al-Qaida.”

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