9/11 marked the beginning of what would become a decade of war. 

On September 12, America awoke to the world's sympathy; an unrivalled opportunity to transform the world for the better, but all Washington wanted was retribution.

Just as Osama bin Laden had hoped, a series of mismanaged and misconceived wars in the Muslim world ensued. Wars that have bankrupt the US financially, militarily and perhaps most detrimentally, in its global standing. 

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  Transcript: 9/12 and the 'war on terror'

en years on many questions remain unanswered. Were the attacks of September 11 a case of blowback, or, as President Bush professed, 'a hatred of Western freedoms'? And why, if the hijackers came from friendly Gulf countries, did the US launch a war against Iraq? 

Was the global 'war on terror' a cynical pretext for neocon policy hawks and the vested interests of the military industrial complex; or a war of necessity against a new type of global enemy?

Has the killing of Osama bin Laden meant the death of al-Qaeda, or was any hope of claiming that victory superseded by the Arab Spring?

So many lives lost, so many millions squandered, so many opportunities wasted; as the global political order starts to shift, does the US regret its "stupid war"?

Empire finds out. 

Guests: Ambassador Chas Freeman, a former US ambassador to Saudi Arabia; Robert Grenier, a former director of the CIA counter-terrorism unit; Dr John Esposito, the author of 'What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam'; Professor Peter Beinart, the author of 'The Good Fight: Why Liberals - and Only Liberals - Can Win the War on Terror and Make America Great Again'

Interviewee: Anthony Summers, the co-author of 'The Eleventh Day'

9/12 and the 'war on terror' can be seen from Thursday, September 8, at the following times GMT: Thursday: 2000; Friday: 1200; Saturday: 0100; Sunday: 0600; Monday: 2000; Tuesday: 1200; Wednesday: 0100; Thursday: 0600.

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Source: Al Jazeera