Remember we all know that a great deal about American history and politics from popular culture sources and the right wing is trying to create a false version of history with this spurious piece of fiction.
Last December, the 9/11 Commission issued a "report card," grading the government's efforts thus far to implement the panel's recommendations. The government got one good grade--an A- for its "vigorous effort against terrorist financing"--but F's, D's or "incompletes" in nearly half the categories, from airline-passenger screening to improving the first responders' communication system. At the time, commission co-chairs Lee Hamilton and Thomas Kean said they were disappointed, and concerned, at the lack of progress.
Is the country any better prepared to ward off an attack today? During the next week, we'll take your questions for Hamilton. We'll post his responses on September 11. Submit questions anytime.
Lee Hamilton, who served as co-chair of the 9/11 Commission, is president and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Until 1999, he was a congressman representing Indiana's Ninth District for more than 30 years, during which time he was chairman and ranking member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and chair of the Joint Economic Committee. He is also the co-author with Thomas Kean of "Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission," published by Knopf on Aug. 15.