The sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks is a time to reflect

and talk about the failure of the unilateral, U.S. military
response. Please write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper
calling for an end to the "war on terror" and for a
concerted, multilateral law enforcement response to the actions of
violent extremists:
http://capwiz.com/fconl/utr/1/CYLLHONCLJ/LUHPHONGCX/1396328521.
When the president, shortly after September 11, 2001, announced a
policy of unilateralism and preventive war, many of us questioned that
policy. But the president convinced Congress and many in the United
States that violence and contempt for diplomacy would lead to more
security and get results faster than law enforcement. Dismissing
international public opinion, the administration acted on its own
agenda and launched the United States into two wars, one in Afghanistan
that failed to capture al Qaeda leaders and a disastrous war and
occupation in Iraq.
Six years ago nobody could say for sure what was the best response to
the September 11 attacks. But six years later the results are in: In an
essay published this week , FCNL’s Senior Military Analyst Dan Smith
talks about the rising costs of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and
analyzes how the unilateral, "preemptive" military response
to the September 11 attacks has increased hatred of the United States,
helped to recruit new supporters for violent armed groups, and
destabilized key U.S. allies in the Middle East:
http://capwiz.com/fconl/utr/1/CYLLHONCLJ/IWCQHONGCY/1396328521.
Despite these negative consequences, Congress continues to focus U.S.
foreign policy almost exclusively on military solutions. The budget
approved by Congress allocates 95 percent of all federal dollars for
foreign engagement to the military. The entire State Department budget,
money for foreign aid, and support for the United Nations must come out
of the remaining 5 percent:
http://capwiz.com/fconl/utr/1/CYLLHONCLJ/DPELHONGCZ/1396328521. Rather
 than continuing to throw more money at the
failed military strategy, Congress should legislate a new policy of
international engagement based on diplomacy, development, and support
for international institutions.
You would have plenty of company in making your argument in your letter
to the editor. FCNL has collected a series of quotes from military
officers, U.S. intelligence agencies, and political leaders describing
the failures of U.S. policy that might be useful for you letter to the
editor:
http://capwiz.com/fconl/utr/1/CYLLHONCLJ/NPDBHONGDA/1396328521.
 
Take Action
Use FCNL’s website to write a letter to the editor of your local
newspaper appealing to Congress to learn from failures of U.S. policy
following September 11 and articulate a new policy based on diplomacy
and efforts to peacefully prevent violent conflicts:
http://capwiz.com/fconl/utr/1/CYLLHONCLJ/GFTLHONGDB/1396328521.
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Also, thanx for signing my petitions, et al, please consider sharing them. Also, since Admin. of change.org aren't allowing me to invite people to do my actions lately and are switching my urls for my petitions so when I invite people off their site they can't get to the petition either (ergo 3 possible urls for each petition), here's a few of my latest actions; do as few or as many as you'd like (there are 3 linx for each petition because admin. switches between the 3 of them so people trying to sign the petition can‘t get to it): This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Haiti disaster anniversary, please, do what you can: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9033 This petition on change.org: Haiti disaster anniversary: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2?share_id=yIpWHEHxri&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2 http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9026 This petition on change.org: Green, Indigenous, Native American, acts: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous_native_american_acts?share_id=NHvTtQadfP&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, holiday: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9024 This petition on change.org: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. M.L. King, Jr.'s holiday: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/artact_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jrs_holiday?share_id=QjOkAUGeBQ&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday http://www.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green; NA; the evolution; Civil, Human, LP, Prisoner's Rights; Poverty; etc..: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9022 This petition on change.org: Economically empower through advocacy: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy?share_id=WZNqBQWcXE&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_throug
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