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Buddy I'm Gerri Willis tonight we're pausing to remember that fateful day back in 2001 that forever changed America and Americans.
We're asking a big question is the US stronger today than it was eleven years ago.
This is our lead story tonight because not only was the business community greatly affected by the tragedy but the entire nation and the world.
You might notice some of the biggest newspapers including -- New York Times -- even mention 9/11 on their front page.
And we think it deserves more than just a brief mention if my next guest says the war on terror is not over our nation's leaders are wrong.
KT McFarland is -- Fox News national security expert in a former deputy assistant secretary of defense.
KT great to have you here today I appreciate your coming in.
Are we stronger today than we were eleven years ago.
We're -- resilient so that's great but are we safer are we stronger well -- the economy as a stronger than it was eleven years ago.
And the war on terror is now over bin Laden is dead.
And al-Qaeda is a shadow of its former self in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
But al-Qaeda has changed its move to -- it's moved to the Middle East and I think that the important to really remember about -- -- Americans we like to say -- war we thought that we wanna move on.
Whether it was the World War II -- one we really get on with things we don't hold grudges against countries that -- thought we move on.
We're at we're finding an adversary here but -- -- The thinks of this as a perpetual war they think if peace is that pause.
Where you kind of regrouped to fight again we think of pieces than normal state of affairs and war is the abnormal state of affairs so it's a very different look it's a different.
Look at a different feel and yet people say that they think it's all over I want to show you some front pages from newspapers all over the country.
They don't have 9/11 the remembrance on their front pages with -- you're talking about our home to -- town newspapers in New York Times.
The Wall Street Journal even the New York Post you look at these papers.
Where's the story.
And I and I want to tell you this this blew me away -- BC's today show in.
They did not take the 9/11 moment of silence instead they had an interview with one of the car dashing off what does that tell you but.
Americans are -- During strip searches right when we walk through airports we're still shuffling through -- metal detectors our lives have changed the age of innocence is over.
And to pretend that everything is just like it was before September 11.
I think this is really quite foolish now.
It's so important that America win this war were not -- -- chronic.
Low level wars but if you look at who is going to lead if we don't.
Who -- who sets the rules not good countries like us that people who have the interests of the world.
And even worse if nobody leaves in the world.
-- it's along the job well let's talk about that because Mott I mentioned an understanding what the biggest threat is to us right now it seems like we have al-Qaeda on its heels.
-- you what do you see.
As the emerging threat to this country well I think the greatest threats and as soon as the national security is it time if you don't fix our economy.
Nothing else counts -- everything else is collateral damage there's no money for defense no money for intelligence no money for foreign and so first fix the economy.
-- and understood that in 1980.
He became president when it was a far worse economy than we have now.
He turned the economy around and then in his second term was able to address a diplomatic issues and ultimately win the Cold War.
First fix the economy and -- realize that the immediate threat is a nuclear Iran and the long range threat is an assertive.
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