The United States has a long-standing tradition of protecting American interests from intrusions that can range from external to internal infiltration; however, on September 11th 2001 our country experienced the worst attack on American soil since Pearl Harbor. In the three years following the attacks, much has been learned about the terrorist organization, Al Qaeda, and how they were able to penetrate American borders to carry out their destruction. September 11th has become a turning point in the way Americans view the world. This is not only true in public opinion, but in the way our government handles domestic and foreign policy. The problem facing the Bush administration has been how to craft policy that will prevent future terrorist attacks while maintaining civil liberties. Many steps have been taken since September 11th to try to learn what gaps existed in current policy and how those gaps can be filled to try to prevent another tragic assault that comes from the evil intentions of terrorists.
President Bush has taken a preemptive stance on deterring future attacks, but there are many areas of policy that need to be explored when trying to deviate future attacks; some of those areas include diplomacy, finance, law enforcement, and intelligence.
Since September 11th, the Bush administration has set a clear diplomatic statement by proclaiming that foreign states are either with us or against, and there would be no distinction made between the criminals that carried out the attacks and the states that harbor them. Countries from around the world were quick to follow in condemning the acts of terrorism, and were supportive of initiatives that would bring those responsible to justice. Muslim countries such as Saudi Arabia and Pakistan offered assistance in sharing information about terrorists, and many other countries arrested individuals tied to...