Condoleezza Rice forteller i denne dokumentaren (rundt 57:00) om hvordan hun kontaktet russerne for å advare om den amerikanske beredskapsøkningen etter terrorangrepene. Frykten - informert av god, gammeldags realisme - var at en amerikansk beredskapsøkning skulle starte en spiral av opptrapping, og skape en ny kritisk situasjon.
So I called President Putin, and I said "Mr. President, our forces will be going up on alert. He said "I know, we've seen them. Ours are coming down. We've cancelled an excercise. You don't have to worry about us. Is there anything else that we can do?"
And for one moment I had this moment of reflection and I thought "The Cold War is really over".
På godt og vondt.
Anne-Marie Slaughter beskriver 9/11 som starten på en ny type utenrikspolitiske utfordringer:
The lasting wound to the American psyche is less the horror of 9/11 itself, searing as it was, than the dawning recognition that our traditional can-do response to defeating an enemy or fixing a problem is simplistic and inadequate. Yes, the U.S. military, law enforcement, intelligence services, border control, and many other agencies mobilized swiftly to fight and destroy the enemy that attacked us. Their achievement has been enormous and their work must and will continue. But ten years later, it has become clear that the 9/11 attacks were the first wave of a new set of distinctively twenty-first century threats and challenges: globally interconnected, complex, adaptive, unpredictable, and often simultaneous. Sending hundreds of thousands of troops abroad is no answer to those threats; indeed, the billions spent have made it far harder for us to invest in building the resilience, strength, and competitiveness we need at home.
Det er mer om 9/11 i spesialutgaven av Democracy.