The 9/11 Commission warned us once. Let it be a lesson again
Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, here in 2004, made collaboration in crisis look easy. We should remember the lessons they taught, Grumet writes. (Scott J. Ferrell/CQ Roll Call file photo)
OPINION — This week calls for reflection as we pause to remember the 2,997 people who died in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the thousands of Americans killed and wounded in military service to our country since that horrific day.
Seventeen years later, we also honor the heroic actions of two American statesmen, former Gov. Thomas Kean and former Rep. Lee Hamilton. They led the eight members of the 9/11 Commission — four Democrats and four Republicans — in an unprecedented, bipartisan effort to understand one of the worst tragedies in American history and to provide the government with a path forward to ensure it never happens again.