Osama bin Laden planned the September 11 attacks after being “inspired” by a chance discussion about a plane crash in the US, Al-Qaeda propaganda has claimed. Bin Laden, then the head of al-Qaeda, was apparently less interested in the motive than in how the disaster could be developed into a deadly new strategy. On hearing about the EgyptAir crash, al-Masra claimed he asked why didn 't he crash
As previously mentioned, Bush faced a multitude of crises during his presidency. Perhaps one of the biggest and most influential crisis was the terrorist attacks of September 11th. At the time of the attacks in New York City, the president was in a Sarasota, Florida elementary school to witness the implement of his No Child Left Behind Act. His administration were already alerted of the incidents underway that September morning, but Bush was left unaware until the second plane crashed into the World Trade Center. It was assumed that he was not fully informed to not cause panic among the students in the class.
Bush and the rest of the world would face one of the most devastating days in U.S. history. Terrorists had hijacked four U.S. commercial jetliners targeting New York and Washington, D.C. which three out of the four hit. Bush handled this situation with courage and confidence as he promised the American people that he would do all that he could to prevent another horrific attack. Strategies were formed to resolve the conflict. For a time, there was monitoring international phone calls made by U.S. citizens, and soon Bush administration started seeking to destroy Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations using military forces.
This was put into effect after some people tried to sneak liquid explosives onto the aircraft. These three things weren’t all the changes made, but these are the ones that made the biggest impact. Airport security has intensified throughout the United States since the terrorist attacks in 2001. Airport security has intensified by having peoples ID Name and picture must match what is on ticket. Before 9/11 there was no way to tell that if the passenger 's name and picture
The USA Patriot Act, also known as "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism" was a rushed act passed 45 days after the devastating terrorist attack on the twin towers September 11th, 2001. It was composed with the intention of finding and prosecuting international terrorists on American soil, but consequently violated the constitution. In addition, the Patriot act allows surveillance on all emails, internet, and cell phones to try and catch terrorists. Regardless, the act ended up having more power than primarily planned as stated in the CNN debate on the patriot act. America was founded on the principle of individual liberties and the pursuit of happiness in the context
Vietnam and the Watergate scandal affected popular trust in the government in immense ways. The Vietnam War was one war that United States had ever lost, and it had proven to be a military, political, and social disaster. By the end of the war 58,000 Americans had been killed, and 3 to 4 million Vietnamese. Vietnam undermined Americans’ confidence in their own institutions and challenged long-standing beliefs about the country and its purpose. However, two decades later former secretary of defense Robert McNamara published a memoir.
During Kennedy’s presidency many crises and policy initiatives took place. One event that took place during Kennedy’s presidency was the Bay of Pigs. The Bay of Pigs was a complete failure and strengthened Cuba’s ties to the Soviet Union, this however, was only the tip of the iceberg. The crisis that proved to be the most dangerous during the Kennedy administration was the Cuban missile crisis. In October of 1962, American spy planes discovered that the Soviet Union was installing missiles in Cuba capable of reaching the United States with nuclear weapons.
The 2000s were a tumultuous time in the United States, even excluding the Great Recession that crippled the economy in the latter years of the decade. At the turn of the millennium, in 2000, Americans continued to bask in a post-USSR era, which American political scientist Francis Fukuyama famously argued in a 1989 journal article to be “the end of history” with “an unabashed victory of economic and political liberalism.” Tragically, however, the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001 radically altered those optimistic sentiments. The invasion of Iraq in 2003, one of the many actions taken by President Bush in the aftermath of 9/11, began with broad-based political support: continuing the patriotic reaction by most Americans to 9/11, who
Kennedy’s administration — the year after his election. He played an integral role in the Vietnam war because of his expertise in foreign policy. In February 1965, two years after Kennedy’s assassination and two year’s into Lindon B. Johnson’s first presidential term, Bundy released a memo to the president that outlined the goals and costs of the Vietnam War. His idea was of sustained reprisal “in which air and naval action against the North [Vietnam] is justified by and related tot eh whole viet cong campaign of violence and terror in the South [Vietnam].” (Bloom and Brienes, 162) Disorganized and scatterbrained, Bundy’s sketch had its flaws. By 1965, the Gulf of Tonkin incident had occurred where it was claimed that North Vietnam had fired upon two United States Navy ships.
It is a colossal failure. It nearly destroyed a generation of people. As the War on Drugs near 50 years, we know it was a massive failure. I am talking about the failed American Drug War and its negative effects on African-Americans. Let us never forget the moment when President Nixon’s former domestic policy chief John Ehrlichman revealed in an interview with Harper’s Magazine in 1994 that was published last year that, “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people”.
Most recently, the “war on terror” has led to limitations on civil liberties. After the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in 2001, President George W. Bush authorized the PATRIOT Act. This act gave the government more power to conduct searches of suspected terrorists, detain and remove suspected terrorists, and place wiretaps on belongings of suspected terrorists. Edward Snowden, former computer specialist at the CIA and NSA, released about 1.7 million classified documents exposing a global surveillance project. Not only has the government been spying on suspected terrorists, but also the American people.
On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Within the end of the Cold War and the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, the United States emerged as the world 's superpower. Nevertheless, during the administrations of Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, U.S. foreign policy continued to rely on concepts of both deterrence and containment. Bush argued that the new policy was necessary to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction among terrorist groups. The policy of deterrence, he asserted, was no longer sufficient to prevent a rogue nation or terrorist organization from using nuclear and chemical weapons.This policy was eventually known as the Bush Doctrine.