Schmitt’s Counterstrike is as lucid, clear and comprehensive an explanation of the country’s foreign policy direction as we are ever likely to have in non-government speak. The book is not an apology, defense or condemnation. It begins with a fact – terrorism is a long term threat - and then dissects the difficulty of identifying the sources of threats while simultaneously trying to thwart the inevitable attack attempts. The deterrence strategy of the Cold War era at first seemed like it might not be useful against an enemy with no territory or resources (targets) against which to promise
Despite a million dollar football contract, his engagement to his high school sweetheart, and the opposition of his family, after 9/11 Pat Tillman felt it necessary to put his life on hold and join the fight against al-Qaeda. When asked how he would deal with the media when his Army enlistment became public knowledge, he answered, “I’m not going to.” And he never did. Despite the best efforts of politicians and the media, Tillman and his brother Kevin, who joined at the same time, never granted an interview or explained themselves to anyone but their closest friends and relatives.