|Sept. 6, 2005--Marking the
fourth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the New America Foundation held
a policy forum on "Terrorism, Security, and America's Purpose: Towards
a More Comprehensive Strategy." Among those addressing the forum
were Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) [not pictured], Gen.
Wesley Clark (ret.), and Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE).
|Sen. Hagel argued the threat of extremism poses challenges similar
to the time after World War II. He said the United States needs "to
build upon what we have, what we have accomplished" by enlarging and enhancing
the institutions created after World War II. Hagel urged "a
wider lens appreciation of the world." He said we are experiencing
"the most significant global generational shift in the history of man,"
and that it is essential to focus on not losing the next generation.
"A little less arrogance would help all the way around," Hagel said, prompting
applause. He further stated that, "It's not unpatriotic to challenge
|Asked about his Hagel button, Jon Basil Utley, a self-described
Reagan Republican, said Sen. Hagel knows the military, is a man of the
world, and has political courage. Of other 2008 prospects Utley said
that "most of the conservatives know nothing about the outside world."