NBC News veteran Ted Koppel believes Osama bin Laden must have been astounded by America’s overreaction to terrorism.
"We have created a economy of fear, an industry of fear, a national psychology of fear. Al Qaeda could never have achieved that on its own. We have inflicted it on ourselves," wrote Koppel in today's Wall Street Journal.
Joe Honick, GMA International Ltd (Aug. 15, 2013): Ted has always been the next best to Cronkite in terms of calm and well spoken or written insights. Here he has violated an important rule even though the point he has raised is so cogent, so important: he has failed to recommend a "therefore, we should..." beyond comparing ladder falls and car crashes over the next few years. There is little question we not only overplayed our hands in Iraq-Afghanistan, as I have written on numerous occasions, but someone as influential as Koppel is obligated to have more concrete recommendations after we all nod our heads in agreement to his main point.
It is not only the ghost of binLaden that may be smirking, it's also the wringing hands of many of our actual and potential friends who want us to be more relevant. A graffit now appearing in some big cities asserts: AMERICA NEEDS TO FIND A CHEAPER WAY TO MAKE HISTORY!.
When the smoke ever clears over our longest non-declared war in history. who will found to be the beneficiaries of the massive commitments to the Iraq-Afghan mess which was somehow actually blessed by the United Nations under whose flag out forces are categorized along with others(many of whom have dropped out)? The real benies have gone to a long list of major and minor defense contactors who could not have asked for more profitable business that conflict just seems to create, as well as the tons of jobs associated with it.
But Koppel makes a good point that is constantly overlooked in bipartisan fashion in Washington and in most media: the trillions tossed at this war we seem unable or unwilling to win or even stop have voided tremendously needed social and infrastructure advances right here in the United States. And the hypocrisy is that many of the same people who demand these huge military-industrial complex fundings on borrowed bucks see little importance to fundamental needs in education, health and other stuff.
Bottom line: if Koppel has the influence that got his piece published, he should work on a "follow" that not only reminds us what did wrong but how to start fixing it.