Ms. Leavitt Emma Crawson
September 18, 2017 Purple
U.S. Response to Terrorism After 9/11
The response made by the United States to terrorism, after 9/11 was not appropriate.
There were several actions made by the United States that weren’t appropriate, and could have
been better thought out. After making those actions, the United States was criticized for making
those actions, that were made in a difficult situation. Those decisions that the United States
made, not only impact the United States, but impact the rest of the world as well. Bombing
Afghanistan and blaming Iraq for the 9/11 attacks weren’t the best decisions made, and led to a
great deal of criticism.
Actions that were taken by the United States after 9/11, in regards to terrorism are,
bombing Afghanistan, and blaming Iraq for 9/11. United States President George W. Bush states,
“And now, the Taliban will pay a price. By destroying camps and disrupting communications, we
will make it more difficult for the terror network to train new recruits and coordinate their evil
plans…” (Document 3). This quote is saying that, the price the Taliban will pay is, the United
States bombing/invading their country. Which wasn't the best response because they were
confusing the people by, bombing them and then dropping food and medicine to them, putting
the people in a state of confusion. The Christian Science Monitor states, “Yet the White House
appears to be encouraging this false impression, as it seeks to maintain American support for a
possible was against Iraq” (Document 5). This quote shows that, the White House is trying to
link Iraq to the 9/11 attacks. The government knows that especially in a time of sadness and
anger, that the citizens are looking for anyone to blame for attacks, and the United States wants
to blame Iraq. They know the citizens will support their decisions to go to war with them because
they are sad, angry, and confused, looking to the government to give them answers. Bombing
Afghanistan and blaming Iraq for 9/11, weren't the best decisions to be made in the situation.
Violence is not the answer and that our actions need to be thought out, before going
through with them are some criticisms that were leveled against the actions taken by the United
States, after 9/11. Phyllis and Orlando Rodriguez state, “But we read enough of the news to sense
that our government is heading in the direction of violent revenge, with the prospect of sons,
daughters, parents, friends in distant lands, dying,...