Beyond September 11, 2001
By Katie & Amie Kieffer
It is not enough to remember 9/11. As Congressman Ron Paul pointed out, we must also proactively adjust our own foreign policy so as to prevent a repeat of that fatal day. Certainly, American citizens did not cause militant terrorists to crash suicide planes full of innocent passengers into the North and South towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Arlington, VA and a Pennsylvania field (missing the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.). However, corrupt politicians and a puerile foreign policy played a role in inciting blowback.
I feel like many politicians on both the right and the left have forgotten 9/11. I say this because President Obama, rather than learning from the tragedy of 9/11, continues the foreign policy mistakes of previous administrations. On August 20, the President said he will not change course in Afghanistan despite numerous Americans dying at the hands of our Afghan (“ally”) partners.
Likewise, the GOP often claims Obama does not do enough policing, but a U.S. soldier commits suicide every day. We train and trust Afghan forces and they stab us in the back. We continually blow cash in the Middle East and risk blowback. GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney failed to even mention foreign policy in his speech at the RNC Convention, let alone how he would reform it. It is offensive when both the President and the GOP ignore these facts while claiming to remember and honor the victims of the 9/11 tragedy.
Reagan’s motto was “peace through strength.” I would add: “and freedom through neutrality.” George Washington praised neutrality in his Farewell Address. George W. Bush lauded neutrality in 2000. I believe that a foreign policy that combines a strong military with minimal foreign intervention (neutrality) would help prevent another terrorist attack on U.S. soil.
To find out more about the artist, Amie Kieffer, and her work like the 9/11 piece above, please contact her at: AK@AmieKieffer.com.