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:
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:
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: 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
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:
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