Chairman McCaul (R-TX): 15 years after 9/11, we’re forgetting vital lessons

Sunday marks 15 years since the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. House Republicans have been sharing their reflections on this anniversary, and encouraging you to keep the memory alive, lest we forget the historic moment our country and our world changed forever.

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, shares his perspective on the 15th anniversary, cautioning Americans to remember the lessons we learned in 2001:

“We will never forget [the lives lost],” writes McCaul in an op-ed on “But fifteen years after that fateful day, there is something we are starting to forget: what was learned from the attacks. Although we vowed never to let it happen again, we are now witnessing the viral spread of Islamist terrorism around the world, and our enemies are bringing the war back to our doorsteps.”

McCaul argues that radicalism around the world is on the rise partly because we’ve forgotten four key lessons from September 11:

  1. You must define the enemy to defeat it.
  2. In order to stop attacks you must take the fight to the enemy as soon as they rear their head.
  3. If you don’t keep terrorists behind bars, they’ll go back to war against you.
  4. You cannot let power vacuums become terrorist safe havens.

Click here to read the piece in its entirety. McCaul further detailed the post-September 11 world, and how our threat has changed and evolved at an event with the Atlantic: