Erika Johnsen

In the decade since the September 11th attacks, our running analyses of what we should have done in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan would make Captain Hindsight proud. But in a great new Afterburner from PJTV, Bill Whittle makes the simple yet brilliant case that with the information we had, Americans behaved not only intelligently but honorably, and that freedom isn't free.

Ed Morrissey has a more thorough rundown at HotAir, but I'd like to highlight several crucial points raised by Mr. Whittle that I think are overlooked all too often:

-The problem with waiting for a smoking gun is that people have already died

-Every major intelligence agency thought Saddam Hussein had WMD - yes, people died, but Bush did not lie

-Enhanced interrogation techniques' were never used to determine guilt or innocence; they were used to gain information from people who proudly and willfully admitted to having hurt Americans

-Because of our hardworking military and intelligence units, we have foiled at least eleven major terror attacks since 9/11

As Mr. Whittle says, Osama bin Laden was killed, not as the magnificent caliph living in the glorious palace he envisioned, but as a hunted coward, and he probably had time to realize that Americans are made of a far different stuff than what he had thought.


Erika Johnsen

Erika Johnsen is a Web Editor for Townhall.com and Townhall Magazine. Follow her on Twitter @erikajohnsen.