An end to “bad guys?”

posted by
May 4, 2011
The Nation
by Christopher Hayes  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"In the wake of 9/11, the phrase 'bad guys' infiltrated our national conversation, and its continued prevalence serves as a testament to the ways the trauma has warped our national character. In the days after the attack, Dick Cheney warned the world that 'people have to choose between the US and the bad guys.' Tom Friedman’s columns from that fall repeatedly invoke the term. 'From here forward,' he wrote on September 28, 2001, 'it’s the bad guys who need to be afraid every waking moment. The more frightened our enemies are today, the fewer we will have to fight tomorrow.' But the term outlived the immediate aftermath.” (05/04/11)  

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