It is customary for just about anyone commenting on the post-9/11 world to issue the cliché that somehow, someway, our response only served to play into Osama bin Laden’s hands. That’s all we are supposedly capable of doing, according to much of the punditry class. I suppose that the only other path available to us in response to terrorist plotting, scheming, and attacks, would be to do nothing at all, for fear that anything we do might serve to play into the hands of the terrorists.
Kori Schake, fortunately, has a better handle on recent history. No excerpts; read the whole thing.