marks the end of a year of shock, killing, grief, war and destruction.
right that we honor those lost and injured in the terrorist attack that
took more than 2,800 lives.
York today, people will weep again at the holes where the Twin Towers of
the World Trade Center once stood. In Washington, D.C., where the
Pentagon withstood an attack aimed at the heart of the nation, people
will pause and pray. In Shanksville, Pa., people will remember the
heroes of Flight 93 who refused to let it become a bomb.
of words have surged through the country in anticipation of this day.
The words are right, the commemorations worthy. Yet, the words will ring
hollow as September cornstalks—if the nation does not pursue action to
year later, the government of the most wired nation in the world still
has key agencies with computers that can’t communicate with one
another. The Immigration and Naturalization Service is a mess. The
Central Intelligence Agency is without the people it needs to operate in
the Middle East. Planes and air terminals are not secure.
Afghanistan is out of the hands of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, but
terrorist networks live on.
is the only true tribute to the dead. We must get moving.
must secure ourselves and protect free societies. We must confront and
defeat forces that support and supply terrorists. We must do everything
within our power to eradicate state-sponsored terror.