In this NYTimes article Kerry says that September 11th didn't really change him. Go figure. I think we kind of knew that.
Then he fumbles around and tries somehow to say that he was always ready to go after Al Qaeda as if 9/11 had happened.
When I asked Kerry how Sept. 11 had changed him, either personally or politically, he seemed to freeze for a moment.
"It accelerated --" He paused. "I mean, it didn't change me much at all. It just sort of accelerated, confirmed in me, the urgency of doing the things I thought we needed to be doing. I mean, to me, it wasn't as transformational as it was a kind of anger, a frustration and an urgency that we weren't doing the kinds of things necessary to prevent it and to deal with it." Kerry's Undeclared War