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That happens on Sunday the country pauses to mark ten years as the tax non.
It's been ten years although there have been close calls here -- home thankfully not a significant attack since that fateful day.
So what strategies kept us safe and who -- we thank for that Mike -- a former CIA.
Covert operations officer president diligence LLC a global intelligence and security firm Mike good morning Cuban market and they do best decision since 9/11 what -- Two best decisions.
Probably going straight into Afghanistan.
Right after 9/11 to rout al-Qaeda and and remove their permanent bases.
From Afghanistan and and prevent them from having.
The opportunity to do long term planning training and and now preparation for attacks.
And then the other probably best decision is is frankly Obama's.
Decision to significantly ramp up.
The drone campaign that have been started under the bush administrator that's remarkable and it's a huge proved hugely successful that's -- worst decisions might.
Two worst decisions.
It would be -- creation of of the directorate of national intelligence.
In an effort NA NA NA could be an important effort the try to you know consolidate our abilities to gather intelligence and -- -- across bureaucracies but the DI in just layered on an additional bureaucracy that to this day is still having.
Other improbable worst decision is the ongoing effort frankly to nation build in Iraq and Afghanistan why you think that's a bad -- Yes I do I don't think it's necessarily at this stage I don't think it is yeah addressing our national security interest.
Would you suggest -- withdraw.
Yes definitely I would I think we have the ability to do what we need to do -- -- trying to leave behind perhaps some stable pseudo democratic societies that frankly we could be there another twenty years I don't think that's going to take -- but that's a separate issue there's plenty of credit.
I think to address your your main point about you know who to thank this -- -- to go around I think.
Frankly we have to think first and foremost everybody at the -- -- -- of the -- You know the that this CIA personnel out in the field the military the FBI the NSA all those people at the very front edge of this effort.
Who worked constantly and it if you argue that.
You know it's it's you know it's just happenstance.
That we haven't been attacked over the past ten years you basically saying it's all -- -- lot but it's not we know there have been plots numerous spots.
Identified -- disrupted prevented as a result of all the work that goes on constantly off the radar screen.
Let's make two quick points here and -- people who just came out recently and a third of Americans were asked they asked think they are a member of their family member would be or could be a victim of terrorist attack.
They also asked this question is it necessary to sacrifice.
Rights and freedom civil liberties to fight terrorism.
Say sometimes if you -- deeper in that poll.
By a large number Americans favor wiretapping overseas are watching the enemy.
Not in this country but when it comes to watching things that's happening within our own borders they get very hesitant to understand that -- Yes they do I mean I think you can't you can't ramp up you can't increase.
Your security measures without having some impact some reduction in civil liberties it just doesn't happen President Obama talked -- one point about this -- selection between our liberties.
And our security was not a false choice if you can have more one and -- -- -- and not have less of the other.
But I also understand that you know people.
You know over a period of time people do and suffer from fatigue I -- we're very tired after ten years of this war on terror.
But you I think that poll shows that people do understand.
That you have to sacrifice something to improve your security over the long.
Well we were remiss not to mention the lone -- scenario which saw about one dollar Nadal Hasan -- at Fort Hood in Texas.
And and the military is all too aware of that possibility.
Happening yet again no significant attack in ten years I credit to bush or credit to Obama as you rightly point -- But the lone wolf scenario something that people like you were keenly -- and Mike thank you -- -- Mike Baker here in New York --
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