Enemies for the Sake of Purpose

In chapter three of Lugo’s Containing Unamerican Hobbies, I found it interesting that Zalmay Khalilzad explicitly cited the need for the United States to return to certain elements of the Cold War mindset. Khalilzad’s idea of a “grand strategy” included taking national leadership and finding a rival to give a sense of purpose. While most of readings made it clear that the United States has picked up many Cold War ideas after the 9/11 Attacks, I had no idea that some officials consciously did so. In fact, I find it most interesting that Khalilzad made these suggestions six years before 9/11, allowing the attacks to act as a catalyst to launch the United States into global military and economic leadership.

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