Napolitano: U.S. ‘Stronger’ Than Before 9/11 - But No Guarantees

Nicholas Ballasy | August 17, 2011 | 3:16pm EDT
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( – As the 10th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attack approaches, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said America is “stronger” and “more secure against that type of attack” but will not “offer guarantees.”

“There is no question but that our country is stronger and more secure against that type of attack than it was a decade ago. We have bounced back. We have bounced back very strongly from what was the worst attack ever on our soil. We have made progress on every front to protect ourselves,” she said during an event at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday called, "The State of Homeland Security Since 9/11: Looking Back, Looking Forward."

Still, Napolitano cannot guarantee that the U.S. will not be attacked again.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. (AP Photo)

“Today, we are stronger than we were on 9/11. There are no guarantees in this world and I’m not here to offer guarantees,” she told the audience.

“There are lots of things that are threatened that can happen but what we can do is maximize our ability to prevent an attack from occurring, minimize the ability of such an attack having a large impact and increase our ability to respond with efficiency and effectiveness and to get as I said earlier, to get right back up on the horse and back to the business of the country.”

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