Ground Zero following the 9/11 attacks Ground Zero following the 9/11 terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center in New York City. (FBI photo)

There’s Still Work to Be Done to Avoid the Next 9/11, Say Commission Leaders

COVID, economic pain, racial injustice, law and order are all topics in the presidential campaign. Not terrorism. It was also absent in the election year before the 9/11 attacks. We neglect the topic of terrorism at our peril.

The bipartisan 9/11 Commission’s recommendations, carried out by both Republican and Democratic administrations, made our country safer. Our government carried the fight to al-Qaida and ISIS, hardened and pushed out borders, rendered the homeland inhospitable for terrorists, and shared immense amounts of information.

Yet counterterrorism policy is also a victim of its own success. Other threats — think adversary Great Powers — are rising in priority and now claim greater attention and resources.

Read more from Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton at USA Today

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