Eighteen years ago America was attacked.
Almost 3,000 people were killed in that attack.
We came to understand in an ugly, vicious, and history-changing way how much hatred there is for the country by some others.
Those haters, those evil-doers, are still out there.
America is still at war EIGHTEEN years later fighting the extremism that attacked America in 2001.
In that war alone more than 2,000 US soldiers have died; more than 20,000 US soldiers have been wounded.
And that’s not the only place this hatred lives. And that’s not only place blood has been spilled fighting the hate.
And so as an American I ask myself, what is our future? How do we battle the evil but also address the hatred.
I don’t know. But I know we have to figure it out. That’s the only way we can really protect ourselves. Changing the minds. And fighting the hate.