On November 21, 2001, “the New York Times had asserted, ‘With the defeat of the Taliban perhaps only days away and the hunt for Osama bin Laden intensifying, the force of the American destruction of Afghan targets has sent an unambiguous warning far beyond the war theater to a number of nations that continue to provide bases and training to terrorist groups. The warning is: this could happen to you.’ “

 – Andrew Cockburn, Rumsfeld, Page 151