America is a profoundly different country after 9/11. The country is more deeply and openly divided as to its fundamental identity – that is, who we are and to what do we aspire. And our politics, as well as our core infrastructures, are broken.
I was in Israel on 9/11, serving as the American Ambassador, having arrived there just two months earlier. Before departing Washington, President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell told me that my biggest challenge would be to establish the kind of relationship with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon that might help moderate what they believed would be his policy of expanding settlements.