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Jack Carr’s take on the 9/11 terror attacks — including ‘hope’ and the lessons from Afghanistan

Twenty-two years have passed since the attack that changed the course of history and not a day has gone by that I have not thought about 9/11. 

In remembering that Tuesday in September, it is hard not to reflect on all that followed. 

Two years removed from the disastrous withdrawal of U.S. forces, I think of the flag officers who — year after year, for close to two decades — went before Congress, the American people and their troops, to say time and time again that we were “making progress” and that we needed just a little more time, additional resources or increased funding to capitalize on our hard-earned gains and those of the Afghan people. 

Our future depends on dusting off the history books, heeding their lessons and then applying those lessons going forward as wisdom.  

We owe those who sacrificed their lives on 9/11 and in the Afghan dirt nothing less. 

Jack Carr is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of “The Devil’s Hand and host of the “Danger Close Podcast.” His latest book is “Only the Dead” (Atria/Emily Bestler Books, May 16, 2023). He is a former Navy SEAL task unit commander and sniper with deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq. Visit him at and follow along on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook at @JackCarrUSA.


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