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The sky was a peaceful blue and America looked to be at the pinnacle of power, the Soviet Union defeated and predictions abounding of the inevitable triumph of liberal democracy and free markets.

When al-Qaida hijackers killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001, the United States instantly took on a new mission as a furious and fearful nation coalesced around President George W. Bush’s “war on terror” that would obliterate the rest of the international agenda.

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