The RAND Blog

October 2001

  • commentary

    Don't Scare the Public with Vague Warnings

    Charles Meade

    Oct 24, 2001

    Los Angeles Times

    We need to accept the inevitability of terrorist attacks, prepare our society to protect against them before they occur and be ready to mitigate the effects afterward. Vague warnings are not helpful because the public cannot use the information for effective risk reduction.

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  • commentary

    Deny Victory to Anthrax Terrorists

    John V. Parachini

    Oct 17, 2001

    International Herald Tribune

    By keeping in mind the modest scope of the anthrax attacks and not overreacting, we deny the perpetrators of these attacks their objective of terrorizing us into doing what they want us to do. These anthrax cases do, however, highlight some areas for improvement in America's response that can help reduce fear and anxiety, thereby denying the terrorists their objective.

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    Bush Waited, Deliberated — and the U.S. Gets It Right

    Robert E. Hunter

    Oct 8, 2001

    Los Angeles Times

    In the past month, President Bush has gone about this campaign with intelligent deliberation, understanding that it is as much or more about politics as military power. He has drawn on some fortunate experience of the 1990s, otherwise a sleepy decade in U.S. foreign policy.

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