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Excepting 9/11, what single event, in the past decade, has had the greatest impact on the world?

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Excepting 9/11, what single event, in the past decade, has had the greatest impact on the world?


13 Responses to “Excepting 9/11, what single event, in the past decade, has had the greatest impact on the world?”


  1. 1
    Sam Steffen says:

    The economic downturn

  2. 2
    Mike H. says:

    The "Great Recession" …Formerly known as "TheGreat Depression"…

  3. 3
    Jim Brubaker says:

    The disputed election of 2000 has had a significant, negative, effect on U.S. politics that continues to this day.

  4. 4
    Mike W. says:

    The war with Iraq since it has succeeded in polarizing a significant portion of the world over the past 7+ years and has caused damage to the United States' reputation and relationships with several international partners, especially in the Middle East.

  5. 5
    richard says:

    the creation of the tea party movement
    if allowed to grow and not betrayed
    could alter the American landscape and put an end to the globalist
    progressive agenda

  6. 6
    Jim says:

    Jimmy Carter turning over Iran to the Ayatollah

  7. 7
    Rudy says:

    The First Iraq War did not remove Sadam Hussain from power. If he had been removed we would not have been fighting over there today.

  8. 8
    Ceaman says:

    Why is 9\11 such a big thing? In the History of the World to be written in two hundred years time it might be a small footnote, if at all.

    • 8.1
      Rob says:

      Seriously? You're asking why 9-11 is such a big thing? There isn't enough room or time to run down the long list of reasons why it is.
      As for the attacks being a mere footnote in 200 years…I have to disagree. There was another un-provoked, surprise attack on the U.S. 70 years ago that also led to the death of thousands. That event is still very much remembered, just as 9-11 will be in the centuries to come.

  9. 9
    harry Berman says:

    The challenge of President Obamma as being a legitimate US citizen. This shows the polarization of the democrats and republicans beyond disagreement over hows to handle problems and issues to the willingness to believe the other side is evil and anything must be done to discredit or destro them

  10. 10
    Joe Valliant says:

    The economic events of 2008, which have revealed to the world that the U.S. financial system has become a gigantic Ponzi scheme that his been widely imitated around the world. This event is still underway and it remains to be seen what its consequences will be. It does appear that the U.S. government, all three branches, has failed to take any significant action to ward off or ameliorate the next phase of this ongoing calamity. Those holding elective office seem to be far more interested in fixing blame on others than on undertaking a difficult job for the benefit of the country at large. For decades Congress has been occupied by people whose primary interest is in victory in their next election, and the difficult and politically hazardous business of governing effectively has been replaced by rhetoric and smoke-and-mirrors policies. A recent NBC poll indicates that a high per centage of voters would cheerfully see the entire House and Senate replaced at the earliest Constitutional moment. The problems of the U.S. financial and political systems are much older than 9/11, but the events of 2008 give us a taste of things to come.

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    Bluto Smatz says:

    2008 Financial Collapse



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