The Consequences of the Bushs' Policies

2897 Words Feb 26th, 2018 12 Pages
killing over 3000 individuals and destroying the World Trade Center. Al Qaeda intended to psychologically cause panic and fear in the United States (U.S.) through the use of terror because Al Qaeda wanted to influence U.S. foreign policy. Goldstein and Peverhouse explain, “Terrorism refers to political violence that targets civilians deliberately and indiscriminately… Terrorism thus amplifies a small amount of power by its psychological effect on large populations; this is why it is usually a tool of the weak… It is usually a calculated use of violence as leverage,” (p. 145). The U.S. government and citizenry were frightened after the attacks and worried about when the next attacks would occur. Due to the brutality of the attacks, the U.S. had an international mandate and international support after the attacks of September 11th, 2001. The U.S. government responded to the Al Qaeda attacks on September 11th, 2001 in ways that would tarnish the reputation of the U.S. on an international level and that would have long lasting negative consequences both domestically and internationally for the U.S. and the world.

The politics of the U.S. changed course after the attacks as President George W. Bush switched from a path of domestic policy to one of international policy. With an international mandate, the U.S. responded to the…