Now that I’m one of the presidents of the United States (I just “declared” that. Why not, huh.), you can count on this not happening again in the aftermath of something like “9/11,” which today happens to be the 18th year anniversary. What you specifically can count on not happening is a “cycle of retaliation” that is tremendously disproportionate. As president, it’s my job to protect the American people — and what I would be most concerned about protecting, is their souls. It’s my contention that what George W. Bush set in motion in 9/11’s aftermath (and that the American people blindly, and wholeheartedly, got behind), was a tremendous, even sinful, retaliation that unnecessarily killed many innocent people — all the way up until today with the war still going on. Note: My tact would have been to rely on intelligence and Special Forces to surgically target the terrorist groups responsible, and if possible, capture them and bring them to trial in an international court. Note: The is a newspaper column I wrote a few days after 9/11 in 2001.