Obligatory Commentary on September 11, 2001

"I used to be disgusted / And now I try to be amused”

The events of September 11, 2001 do not need summarizing. Everyone knows all they need to know and has formed an opinion about the whys and wherefores they will likely not be dissuaded from.

September 11 is rightly a day of mourning. We should mourn the dead from the attacks on the World Trade Centers, the Pentagon and Flight 93. But we should take time to mourn what we lost as a nation in the wake of these attacks.

We have lost the lives of 7,074 American military personnel. These are 7,074 families whose lives will never be the same again.

We have lost $6.4 trillion in a Global War on Terror, money that could have been spent building roads and schools in America instead of Afghanistan and Iraq.

We have lost the ability to get on an airplane without fear of invasive searches and seizures.

We have lost our freedom to communicate privately without government snoops poking around in our most intimate moments.

We have lost what little oversight we had of the domestic surveillance state in the name of a vague “national security” targeting an enemy we’re no longer sure exists.

What have we gained?