As a nation with global responsibilities, we need to climb out of the domestic political trenches and reclaim the high ground so dearly purchased six years ago. We do the victims of 9/11 a great disservice if we do not take bipartisan steps toward regaining that strategic perspective. Given the proven strength of our ideals, and the moral bankruptcy of those who exalt death over life, defeat in this war can only be self-inflicted through loss of patience and focus.
Today, and every day, the voices of those who died implore us to raise our sights and take that longer view.
Tom Davis is the congressman from Virginia's 11th District, and serves on the Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity and the Subcommittee on Management, Integration, and Oversight.