Kean Slams US Security Effort Since 9/11

Americans are no safer, says commission head; foreign policy a disaster
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2007 3:05 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Six years after 9/11 and three years after the 9/11 Commission report, commission chairman Thomas Kean assesses the nation's progress in protecting itself against the threat of terrorism.  On the domestic front, our defenses are better, he writes in the Washington Post., but internationally we have lost ground to a "rising tide of radicalization" that the war in Iraq has helped foster. 

"The enduring threat is not Osama bin Laden but young Muslims with no jobs and no hope, who are angry with their own governments and increasingly see the United States as an enemy of Islam," he concludes.  Kean calls for greater sensitivity to Arab world public opinion, and variety in the "tools of US power," aiming to bring Muslim and Western values closer together.