Both ages are long gone, if they ever really existed at all. Needed is some fresh thinking about our militarized version of foreign policy and just maybe an urge, after all these years, to do so much less. Patriotic fables certainly feel good, but they achieve little.
The State Department counted just 348 terrorist attacks worldwide in 2001 compared with 11,774 attacks in 2015. That’s right, at best, America’s 15-year “war on terror” failed to significantly reduce international terrorism. At worst, its actions helped make matters 30 times worse.