Homeland Security...?

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    <center><h2><a href=http://www.americanprogress.org/site/pp.asp?c=biJRJ8OVF&b=183682>Failing Grades: America's Security Three Years After 9/11</a></h2></center>

    <blockquote>Three years after the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001, the Bush administration is failing the test of protecting the American people from the terrorist threat at home and abroad.

    Although some progress has been made on limited fronts, the record is clear: the administration's disastrous war of choice in Iraq; its decision to ignore and shortchange real terrorist threats; its half-hearted attempts to secure nuclear, biological and chemical weapons; and its weakening of our military have left the American people facing greater risks than we did on September 12, 2001.

    A comprehensive examination of the record of the Bush administration yields a sobering conclusion: far from improving our security, the Bush administration has managed to squander a historic opportunity to bring together the citizens of the United States and the people of the world in a unified fight against terror.

    Instead, the administration has emboldened the world's most dangerous regimes and escalated the potential of nuclear conflict. The president's policies have alienated governments and peoples around the globe, and have helped terrorist groups in their recruiting efforts. The administration has failed to set priorities or follow up on crucial early successes.

    Any attempt to grade the Bush administration record in the war on terrorism must begin in Iraq – now nothing short of a catastrophic diversion that has weakened our security. The war has claimed nearly 1,000 American lives, left close to 7,000 wounded, and stretched our military to the breaking point. The occupation continues to drain billions of taxpayer dollars every month – and there is no end in sight. The administration's assertion that Iraq is the "central front" in the war on terror has become a self-fulfilling prophecy. And the Bush administration's willful manipulation of the facts to lead the country into war has done enormous damage to the presidency and eroded our international credibility.</blockquote>

    As a result of Dubbyuh's catastrophic success in Iraq, and the resources it siphoned off, America is ill-prepared to fend off another terrorist attack. Homeland security is a myth, which the Administration perpetuates for its own ends.
     
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    How many attacks have there been since 9/11 in our country?

    Better yet how many have been prevented?

    Let me give you a hint. You can't fully answer that question. We will not know of every thwarted attack, because doing so would expose sensitive information.
     
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    But did you actually READ the report?

    Dubbyuh's administration has consistently failed to take the neccessary steps to secure our nation from further terrorist attack. As for "thwarted attacks", given this adminstrations penchant for puffery and demagoguery, I'm certain we would have heard about it. Dubbyuh and his handlers will leave no stone unturned in their search for political advantage. That there have been no further attacks is a tribute, not to the psychotic in the Oval Office, but to the men and women of the our intelligence and law enforcement agencies as well as the military.
     
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    Bully, the Dems are already complaining about how much money Bush is spending. We are talking about x amount of money here. More spending equals a larger deficit which the democrats also complain about. Spending it on security would possibly lead to loss of certain freedoms which the democrats ALSO complain about. When everything Bush does is wrong according to the Dems,I can see why he doesn't spend a hell of a lot of time pleasing them.
     
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    From the web site...

    That last part smells of socialism to me.

    About John:

    Well, all that makes this so called "Report" no more than the same ole liberal spew as far as I'm concerned...

    Gee Bully...at least you could find a non-bias site to cite from.
     
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    Yeah I did read that lame article and I challenged it!
     
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    According to what standard? No attacks to point to, certainly. To me the article is just a left wing rant about Iraq to me.

    So no attacks or even 'thwarted' ones. We're not being attacked, that's what you are saying them.


    But if you didn't here of thrwarted ones then no attacks are actually being made on America, there aren't any, right? Despite angering terrorists by invading Iraq no one is trying! Something must be working to keep them away from America! Hmm... Iraq?
     
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    http://www.disinfopedia.org/wiki.phtml?title=Center_for_American_Progress

    According to an article by Matt Bai in the New York Times Podesta's "goal is to build an organization to rethink the very idea of liberalism, a reproduction in mirror image of the conservative think tanks that have dominated the country's political dialogue for a generation.

    "Many such left-leaning ventures have been tried over the years and have failed to wield much influence, but Podesta's effort seems different, not only because of his considerable personal stature within the party but also because rage at the Bush administration has galvanized Democrats.
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    "Podesta laid out his plan for what he likes to call a think tank on steroids. Emulating those conservative institutions, he said, a message-oriented war room will send out a daily briefing to refute the positions and arguments of the right. An aggressive media department will book liberal thinkers on cable TV. There will be an edgy Web site and a policy shop to formulate strong positions on foreign and domestic issues. In addition, Podesta explained how he would recruit hundreds of fellows and scholars -- some in residence and others spread around the country -- to research and promote new progressive policy ideas. American Progress is slated to operate with a $10 million budget next year, raised from big donors like the financier George Soros.
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    <center><h2><a href=http://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/16/politics/16intel.html?hp=&pagewanted=print&position=>U.S. Intelligence Paints a Darker Picture Than Dubbyuh Would Have Us Believe</a></h2></center>

    <blockquote>By DOUGLAS JEHL

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 - A classified National Intelligence Estimate prepared for President Bush in late July spells out a dark assessment of prospects for Iraq, government officials said Wednesday.

    The estimate outlines three possibilities for Iraq through the end of 2005, with the worst case being developments that could lead to civil war, the officials said. The most favorable outcome described is an Iraq whose stability would remain tenuous in political, economic and security terms.</blockquote>

    The NIE, pooh-poohed by Mark McClellan as being "pessimistic" gives lie to the Administration's rosy picture of Iraq and its future. The best case scenario is one of a future little different from the present in Iraq. THe Worst case is outright civil war between the Sunnis, Sh'ias and Kurds. It should be pointed out that the word "pessimist" was created by optimists to describe realists.
     

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