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Ted Cruz says 'we must remain vigilant' on 9/11 anniversary

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Sen. Ted Cruz commemorated the 12th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, by reminding Americans that “we must remain vigilant” and “protective of our way of life.”

The Texas senator told supporters Wednesday that “the threat of radical Islamic terrorism remains real, as evidenced in Syria, Benghazi, Boston and Fort Hood.”

Despite a decade of war, such terrorism has not been eradicated. The Middle East is still not a peaceful (as in Syria) place and attacks on American soil are still occurring (see: Boston).

Obama ended U.S. involvement in Iraq and scheduled the end for the conflict in Afghanistan, but he has not ended those wars.

Neither of the Senate's other two rambunctious conservatives, Sens. Mike Lee, R-Utah, and Rand Paul, R-Ky., have issued statements this morning on 9/11.

Cruz’s full statement:

Twelve years ago, America’s resolve was tested. In the years since, many have fought tirelessly to preserve the principles that have made this country the greatest the world has ever known. As promised, our military men and women have hunted down terrorists who perpetrated these horrific acts. Justice has been served.

Yet, the threat of radical Islamic terrorism remains real, as evidenced in Syria, Benghazi, Boston, and Fort Hood. We must remain vigilant and fiercely protective of our way of life.

Today is a day for solemn reflection on what it means to be an American and to express our profound gratitude for all those who have sacrificed their lives for that cause. As we pay tribute to the victims of terrorism, mourn with their families, and give our thanks to all who have served, let us also come together and renew our pledge that America always remain the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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