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National Insecurity by David Rothkopf

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10. The Beginning of the End of the Age of Fear

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, “I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.”

—ELEANOR ROOSEVELT

For over a decade, America saw threats everywhere. We accepted the pernicious idea planted in our national psyche by the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon that if a handful of men, unaffiliated with any nation, could wreak the kind of havoc and destruction that had been beyond the capability of great traditional enemies, then we were in a new, more dangerous era. First the Bush administration and then that of Barack Obama accepted the central ...

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