COMING APART: After 9/11 tranfixed America, the country's problems were left to rot.
by George Packer
The New Yorker
September 12, 2011
. . . Starting with the intelligence failures that did not foresee the attacks, every major American institution flunked the test of the September 11 decade. The media got the W.M.D.'s wrong. The military failed to plan for chaos in postwar Iraq. Congress neglected its oversight duties. The political system produced no statesmen. C.E.O.'s and financiers couldn't see past short-term profits. The Bush Administration had one major success: it succeeded in staving off another terrorist attack in America. It botched almost everything else. (69)