The 9/11 attacks occurred only a dozen years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the demise of the Soviet Union. As the sole remaining superpower, the United States faced a violent multipolar world and became the target of growing threats from terrorist extremists. Insecurity was ubiquitous. The US became involved in ugly, still unfinished wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and bore the extreme financial costs associated with them, burdens compounded in 2005 by devastating hurricanes in the American South.
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