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    This page contains excerpts from government reports, signed by elected officials.

04-911-01 on Mar 23, 2004

Decided Jul 22, 2004
Report: the 9/11 Commission Report
Source: The 9/11 Commission Report, p.367
In the twentieth century, strategists focused on the world’s great industrial heartlands. In the twenty-first, the focus is in the opposite direction, toward remote regions and failing states. The United States has had to find ways to extend its reach, straining the limits of its influence. Every policy decision we make needs to be seen through this lens. If, for example, Iraq becomes a failed state, it will go to the top of the list of places that are breeding grounds for attacks against Americans at home. Similarly, if we are paying insufficient attention to Afghanistan, the rule of the Taliban or warlords and narcotraffickers may reemerge and its countryside could once again offer refuge to al Qaeda, or its successor.
Recommendation: The U.S. government must identify and prioritize actual or potential terrorist sanctuaries. For each, it should have a realistic strategy to keep possible terrorists insecure and on the run, using all elements of national power. We should reach out, listen to, and work with other countries that can help.
We offer three illustrations that are particularly applicable today, in 2004: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Saudi Arabia.


  • Topic: Homeland Security
  • Headline: Focus on potential terrorist sanctuaries like Saudi Arabia

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Democrats participating in 04-911-01

Lee Hamilton s1sIndiana Democrat (Until 2004) 
Bob Kerrey s1sNE Democratic Challenger (previously Senator) 
Tim Roemer s1sIndiana Democrat 



Republicans participating in 04-911-01

Slade Gorton s1sWA Republican Senator (Former) 
Thomas Kean s1sNJ Former Republican Governor (1982-1989) 
James Thompson s1sIL Former Republican Governor (1977-1990) 



Independents participating in 04-911-01



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 3
Republicans: 3
Independents: 0


















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