Author Elliot Ackerman Reflects on 9/11 and 20 Years of War

This week cohost Joe Hagan talks to novelist Elliot Ackerman, a veteran of each the Afghan and Iraq wars, concerning the which means of 9/11 and its long-term influence on American life, politics, and tradition. A critic of the Biden administration’s exit from Afghanistan, Ackerman has struggled with emotions of bitterness over the wars that outlined his life and redefined the nation. As media and politics have turn out to be extra excessive and polarized within the 20 years since 9/11, the nation has turn out to be extra cynical and demoralized, much less capable of unify in a disaster. An optimist in a pessimistic time, Ackerman seems to be for indicators of hope in America’s founding beliefs—enlightenment, purpose—even when the nation by no means fairly lives as much as them. 

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