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    The following are remarks made recently on the floor of Congress by
    Georgia Democratic Senator Zell Miller. His comments pertain to the
    hearings being held by the 9/11 Commission.

    Senator Miller's comments are the most profound observations that I've
    seen, and really cut to the core of the matter.

    After reading his comments, I speculated how wonderful it would be if
    there were 99 other Senators and 435 Representatives of Miller's ilk to
    represent us in Washington.

    Here are his comments:

    Mr. MILLER: Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that I be
    allowed to speak up to 15 minutes as in morning business.


    The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.

    SUBJECT: THE 9/11 COMMISSION

    Mr. MILLER. Mr. President, after watching the harsh acrimony
    generated by the September 11 Commission--which, let me say at the
    outset, is made up of good and able members--I have come to seriously
    question this panel's usefulness. I believe it will ultimately play a
    role in doing great harm to this country, for its unintended
    consequences, I fear, will be to energize our enemies and demoralize our
    troops.


    After being drowned in a tidal wave of all who didn't do enough before
    9/11, I have come to believe that the Commission should issue a report
    that says: No one did enough. In the past, no one did near enough. And
    then thank everybody for serving, send them home, and let's get on with
    the job of protecting this country in the future.

    Tragically, these hearings have proved to be a very divisive
    diversion for this country. Tragically, they have devoured valuable time
    looking backward instead of looking forward. Can you imagine handling
    the attack on Pearl Harbor this way? Can you imagine Congress, the
    media, and the public standing for this kind of political gamesmanship
    and finger-pointing after that day of infamy in 1941?

    Some partisans tried that ploy, but they were soon quieted by the
    patriots who understood how important it was to get on with the war and
    take the battle to America's enemies and not dwell on what FDR knew,
    when. You see, back then the highest priority was to win a war, not to
    win an election. That is what made them the greatest generation.

    I realize that many well-meaning Americans see the hearings as
    democracy in action. Years ago when I was teaching political science, I
    probably would have had my class watching it live on television and
    using that very same phrase with them. There are also the
    not-so-well-meaning political operatives who see these hearings as an
    opportunity to score cheap points. And then there are the media meddlers
    who see this as great theater that can be played out on the evening news
    and on endless talk shows for a week or more.

    Congressional hearings have long been one of Washington's most
    entertaining pastimes. Joe McCarthy, Watergate, Iran-Contra--they all
    kept us glued to the TV and made for conversations around the water
    coolers or arguments over a beer at the corner pub. A congressional
    hearing in Washington, DC is the ultimate aphrodisiac for political
    groupies and partisan punks.


    But it is not the groupies, punks, and television-sotted American
    public that I am worried about This latter crowd can get excited and
    divided over just about anything, whether it is some off-key wannabe
    dreaming of being the American idol, or what brainless bimbo "The
    Bachelor'' or "Average Joe'' will choose, or who Donald Trump will fire
    next week.

    No, it is the real enemies of America that I am concerned about. These
    evil killers who right now are gleefully watching the shrill partisan
    finger-pointing of these hearings and grinning like a mule eating
    briars.

    They see this as a major split within the great Satan, America.
    They see anger. They see division, instability, bickering, peevishness,
    and dissension. They see the President of the United States hammered
    unmercifully. They see all this, and they are greatly encouraged.

    We should not be doing anything to encourage our enemies in this
    battle between good and evil. Yet these hearings, in my opinion, are
    doing just that.. We are playing with fire. We are playing directly into
    the hands of our enemy by allowing these hearings to become the great
    divider they have become.

    Dick Clarke's book and its release coinciding with these hearings
    have done this country a tremendous disservice and someday we will reap
    its whirlwind. Long ago, Sir Walter Scott observed that revenge is
    "the sweetest morsel that ever was cooked in hell.''

    The vindictive Clarke has now had his revenge, but what kind of hell
    has he, his CBS publisher, and his axe-to-grind advocates unleashed?

    These hearings, coming on the heels of the election the terrorists
    influenced in Spain, bolster and energize our evil enemies as they have
    not been energized since 9/11. Chances are very good that these evil
    enemies of America will attempt to influence our 2004 election in a
    similar dramatic way as they did Spain's. And to think that could never
    be in this country is to stick your head in the sand.

    That is why the sooner we stop this endless bickering over the past
    and join together to prepare for the future, the better off this country
    will be. There are some things--whether this city believes it or
    not--that are just more important than political campaigns. The recent
    past is so ripe for political second-guessing, "gotcha,'' and Monday
    morning quarterbacking. And it is so tempting in an election year. We
    should not allow ourselves to indulge that temptation. We should put our
    country first.

    Every administration, from Jimmy Carter to George W. Bush, bears
    some of the blame. Dick Clarke bears a big heap of it, because it was he
    who was in the catbird's seat to do something about it for more than a
    decade. Tragically, it was the decade in which we did the least.

    We did nothing after terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in
    1993, killing six and injuring more than a thousand Americans.

    We did nothing in 1996 when 16 U.S. servicemen were killed in the
    bombing of the Khobar Towers.

    When our embassies were attacked in 1998, killing 263 people, our
    only response was to fire a few missiles on an empty tent.

    Is it any wonder that after that decade of weak-willed responses to
    that murderous terror, our enemies thought we would never fight back?

    In the 1990s is when Dick Clarke should have resigned.

    In the 1990s is when he should have apologized.

    That is when he should have written his book--that is, if he really
    had America's best interests at heart.


    Now, I know some will say we owe it to the families to get more
    information about what happened in the past, and I can understand that.
    But no amount of finger-pointing will bring our victims back. So now we
    owe it to the future families and all of America now in jeopardy not to
    encourage more terrorists, resulting in even more grieving
    families--perhaps many times over the ones of 9/11.

    It is obvious to me that this country is rapidly dividing itself
    into two camps--the wimps and the warriors: the ones who want to argue
    and assess and appease, and the ones who want to carry this fight to our
    enemies and kill them before they kill us.

    In case you have not figured it out, I proudly belong to the latter.
    This is a time like no other time in the history of this country. This
    country is being crippled with petty partisan politics of the worst
    possible kind. In time of war, it is not just unpatriotic; it is stupid;
    it is criminal.

    So I pray that all this time, all this energy, all this talk, and all
    of the attention could be focused on the future instead of the past.

    I pray we would stop pointing fingers and assigning blame and
    wringing our hands about what happened on that day David AcUology has
    called `"the worst day in all our history'' more than 2 years ago, and
    instead, pour all our energy into how we can kill these terrorists
    before they kill us--again.

    Make no mistake about it: They are watching these hearings and they
    are scheming and smiling about the distraction and the divisiveness that
    they see in America. And while they might not know who said it years ago
    in America, they know instinctively that a house divided cannot stand.

    There is one other group that we should remember is listening to
    all of this--our troops.


    I was in Iraq in January. One day, when I was meeting with the 1st
    Armored Division, a unit with a proud history, known as Old Ironsides,
    we were discussing troop morale, and the commanding general said it was
    top notch. I turned to the division's sergeant major, the top enlisted
    man in the division, a big, burly 6-foot-3, 240 pound African American,
    and I said: "That's good, but how do you sustain that kind of morale?''



    Without hesitation, he narrowed his eyes, and he looked at me and
    said: `"The morale will stay high just as long as these troops know the
    people back home support us.''

    Just as long as the people back home support us. What kind of
    message are these hearings and the outrageously political speeches on
    the floor of the Senate yesterday sending to the marvelous young
    Americans in the uniform of our country?

    I say: Unite America before it is too late. Put aside these petty
    partisan differences when it comes to the protection of our people.
    Argue and argue and argue, debate and debate and debate over all the
    other things, such as jobs, education, the deficit, and the environment;
    but please, please do not use the lives of Americans and the security of
    this country as a cheap-shot political talking point.

    I yield the floor.

    Senator Zell Miller, D, GA
     
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    Good post oca. But you're still just the Royal Piss Boy!
     
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    Why not. IT's just tit for tat. troll for troll. I'll stop soon. Thanks for being concerned. Have you noticed OCA going into full character assassination mode when someone disagrees with his racist support of affirmative action, aka legalized discrimination against whites?
     
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    What do you get from a politician not interested in his political future?

    More often than not, the truth.
     
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    I knew if I scrolled to the bottom of this thread it would get back to the main topic.

    That's hillarious, Zhukov.
     
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    Hey I'm back. Oh I like your signature. RWA would know the answer.
     
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    Thank God for small favors...
     
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