- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why is that?
I can remember when this sort of thing — launching the weapons of war into a foreign country — was a big story, back before 9/11. When I was a reporter, this kind of thing would be instant front-page news, big headlines, a blizzard of stories assigned about who the shooters were, who were these people we were attacking, how it had come to this.
But I suppose we can get used to anything, even acts of war. Nowadays it seems kind of humdrum.
And by the way: By calling it “9/11,” without a year, did we somehow assign to the event a kind of timelessness? Is that the logo of “forever war”?
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