It is no accident that a successful attack on U.S. soil has not been accomplished since 9/11. But there are no guarantees. We are at war.
By design, the United States is not alone in this war. While the U.S. must remain vigilant, we also work closely with our allies to fight our common enemies.
I have been active on both fronts. As a senior member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and ranking member of the Subcommittee on Europe, in addition to being a senior member of the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, I work with our European and other allies to fight terrorism here and abroad. Over the years, I have met with more than 100 heads of state, government delegations, or members of foreign legislative bodies.
Most recently, I traveled to Islamabad, Pakistan, to meet with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on February 20, the day after the Parliamentary elections. I was the first member of Congress to do so. We discussed at length Pakistan's continuing role on the war on terror and the problematic frontier section along the border with Afghanistan.
Earlier that week, I met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Deputy Prime Minister Tzipora Livni to discuss Israeli and Middle East security and toured the Israeli town of Sderot, which has been under siege from Hamas rockets fired from Gaza. I introduced and passed major NATO expansion legislation and represented the House of Representatives at the NATO summit in Prague in November 2002 at the request of President Bush.
In January 2004, I traveled to Libya as part of an historic congressional delegation to meet with Moammar Gadhafi after the Libyan strongman denounced terrorism and agreed to open his country to international arms inspectors.
Six weeks later, I chaired a meeting with family members of the victims of Pan Am 103 to discuss progress with Libya.
On the home front, I chaired the first Foreign Affairs subcommittee field hearing at Los Angeles International Airport after the 9/11 Commission released its report on the 9/11 attack. Eleven provisions of the "9/11 Implementation Act" came out of my subcommittee.
In addition, I authored anti-terrorism provisions in the "REAL ID Act and the Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act."
The work is ongoing, and I will continue to work with my congressional colleagues and allied governments to fight our enemies until they are defeated.