The Most Significant Event in the Last 10 Years

The WSJ was good to run my piece today looking back at the last ten years and the lessons learned.  But the most important thing to happen over the last decade: nothing. No new attacks on the United States, because of reasonable counter-terrorism policies that worked. But the happiest of coincidences happened today: while waiting in the green room for a segment on Fox News to talk about my new book, Confronting Terror, I had the opportunity to meet the actress who played “man hands” on Seinfeld.  I got a chance to shake her hand. Her grip was not as advertised.


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  1. Mel Foil

    I always hoped to run into Seinfeld’s Sue Ellen Mischke. That was my hope for a brush with…greatness.

  2. flownover
    etoiledunord: I always hoped to run into Seinfeld’s Sue Ellen Mischke. That was my hope for a brush with…greatness. · Sep 6 at 8:34am

    This is way off the theme here, but “Schmoopie” from Seinfeld turns out to be Mrs. Geo Stephanopoulos and the creator of an incredibly funny show called Head Case.

    Not Sue Ellen, but how does one fill those……..?

    Sorry Mr Yoo, more of the deliberate downplay from the zeitgeist. Let’s ask Andre Carson, now that he’s converted.

  3. Rick O

    Given the topic at hand, the book, the observation about ”man-hands” handshake is pure Seinfeld. 

  4. Dave Roy

    So are you saying that the most significant event in the last 10 years was meeting the “Man Hands” actress?

    Seriously, though, I think you hit the point perfectly. Sometimes, the absence of an event is more significant than any event itself.

    A question I would have for anybody with expertise in this field, such as yourself John, is this.

    Many have talked about how hypocritical Obama has been, keeping many of Bush’s anti-terrorism policies even when he demonized them as a candidate. Yet the rhetoric behind the policies is as soft as wet tissue paper. No more using the word “terrorism,” for example.

    Given the disconnect between the two, is keeping the policies going helping more than abandoning the rhetoric is hurting? Or is the rhetoric and mindset more important?

    My guess is that it’s, at best, a wash. More likely is that the rhetoric is hurting more than the policies are helping.

    Thoughts?

  5. flownover

    Guys, now I’m embarrassed. We are acting like a bunch of boobs sitting by the paywall,pitching pennies.

  6. Foxman
    flownover: Guys, now I’m embarrassed. We are acting like a bunch of boobs sitting by the paywall,pitching pennies. · Sep 6 at 1:18pm

    And?

  7. flownover
    Foxman

    flownover: Guys, now I’m embarrassed. We are acting like a bunch of boobs sitting by the paywall,pitching pennies. · Sep 6 at 1:18pm

    And? · Sep 6 at 5:12pm

    You need to ask Mulva that question.

  8. blhbork21

    I’m so happy this conversation happened

  9. tabula rasa

    John:  Is meeting the “close talker” next on your “to do” list?

  10. Michael Labeit

    So, were they real and spectacular?


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