IMO the 9/11 commission is a joke. Thier review of 9/11 and their recommendations were little more than a dog and pony show, and most of them are idiotic if not impossible.
1. The U.S. government must identify and prioritize actual or potential terrorist sanctuaries.
That's just ridiculous and impossible... "potential terrorists sanctuaries"... I would agree with "credible terrorist sanctuaries," but "potential" is taking it a big far.
2. Sustaining the current scale of aid to Pakistan, the United States should support Pakistan's government in its struggle against extremists with a comprehensive effort that extends from military aid to support for better education, so long as Pakistan's leaders remain willing to make difficult choices of their own.
I don't agree with nation building... if Pakistan posed some credible threat against us I could agree with aiding states that are in conflict with them, but nothing more... IMO, for the most part, we should stay out of it.
3. Now the United States and the international community should make a long-term commitment to a secure and stable Afghanistan, in order to give the government a reasonable opportunity to improve the life of the Afghan people.
I agree with that to a point. A prosperous Afganistan is far less likely to house and have the potential to house future terrorist cells. Furthermore, they are a growing economy and it would be nice to reduce the trade deficit, even in a small manner, by exporting goods to Afganistan through friendly relations.
4. The problems in the U.S.-Saudi relationship must be confronted, openly.
That's flat out impossible. For one, no one can really talk about the TRUE problem with Saudi Arabia because they deny it... they deny any and all terrorist activity within their boarders, and that's a flat out lie. If we did mount some evidence to the contrary and call them liars, it would destroy the relatinoship. Right now it's best to let sleeping dogs lie IMO.
5. The U.S.government must define what the message is, what it stands for. We should offer an example of moral leadership in the world, committed to treat people humanely, abide by the rule of law, and be generous and caring to our neighbors.
I don't know what makes us the litmus test for what is and is not moral. However, I certainly don't want our culture defining such things. Not in a society of broken familys, divorces, child molestation, and rape... Personally I would be much more comfortable with the Netherlands, Switzerland, or Sweden deciding such things, as they allegedly have the highest quality of life, and seem to be much more in line with sound principles of a healthy lifestyle. Additionally... I don't believe that ANYONE should press their moral views on anyone else... individual culture should decide for themselves what is right or wrong aside from a set of universal principles regarding lying and murder...
I could go on and on about the recommendations from the 9/11 commission, but I don't think they're very plausible, and I don't think they're very feasible. I think it was a bs commission put in place to silence a number of americans that wanted an account of who was to blame for the events. Now that it's over I can't say as they've even done their job... but they did stall long enough to allow the event to pass and calm down. It shut up the majority of the complainers, and to that end, they served their purpose.