The events of September 11, 2001 were an unforgettable tragedy, but they also revealed that the spirit of America is strong and undiminished. Still, a small group of influential public intellectuals, writers, members of the media, and academics preached self-doubt about America, wondered whether we brought the attacks on ourselves, and opposed any military action to bring the attackers to justice. In this book William Bennett takes up and refutes the many myths and misconceptions about America's character and role in world affairs that have become fashionable among the nation's elites. He also presents a case for a pre-emptive strike on Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq. The morning of September 12 dawned with a stunning moral clarity that has guided the actions of many Americans, both her leaders and her citizens. In clear and compelling straightforward language Bennett seeks to preserve that clarity in order to ensure that our national resolve does not falter in these trying times. This paperback edition is updated and includes new chapters reflecting current events. In particular, it includes the debate over the pros and cons of engaging in military action against Iraq.