9/11 Anniversary: 10 Lessons Learned From the 15-Year ‘Long War’

America is not perfect, but its people, and frankly the rest of the world, do believe it is exceptional, and expect it to act the part. Gen. Mike Hayden has said that America’s retreat from leadership in the last seven and a half years has been like the classic film “It’s a Wonderful Life,” where the despairing hero gets to see what the world would be like if he had never lived. Hint: it’s not good. The world without America’s leadership is a lesser place. Americans are not better than everyone else, but our country has been called to play a role that flows from the principles that the Founding Fathers built into the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution. America is exceptional, and it must lead.

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