In an article for the Princeton Alumni Weekly on March 23, 2005, “When asked if U.S. strategies in the Arab world were shaped by the Cold War mentality, Thomas Kean, chairman of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States–more commonly known as the 9/11 Commission–best expressed America’s predicament: ‘I think we’re moving past it, but it’s still a problem. We still always fight the last war. That was a problem with 9/11. When the planes attacked, we vectored our Air Force planes out to sea because we were looking for attacks coming from the ex-Soviet Union.’ ”

 – Fawaz A. Gerges, The Far Enemy, Page 166