Failure Is Not An Option

I am writing this column on Dec. 7–you remember, the date thatlives in infamy? Could you imagine the reaction back in 1941 hadthe public learned the government knew such an attack was possible,even probable, but had still not prepared an adequate defense?Worse yet, what if our enemies had pulled off a second sneakattack, exposing the fact that the government had learned nothingfrom 12/7, or had simply ignored the lessons of that dark day?

These were the thoughts that crossed my mind the day afterreading that the 9/11 Commission had given Uncle Sam failing gradeson many aspects of homeland security. Have we learned nothing fromthe 9/11 terrorist attacks?

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