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I agree with both quotes here. Do you? Think about it before you click the links.

Whether terrorism is sponsored by a foreign nation or inspired by a single fanatic individual, such as Osama Bin Laden, Forward Engagement requires trying to disrupt terrorist networks, even before they are ready to attack. We must improve coordination internationally and domestically to share intelligence and develop operational plans. We must continue the comprehensive approach that has resulted in the development of a national counter-terrorism strategy involving all arms and levels of our government. We must continue to target terrorist finances, break up support cells, and disrupt training. And we must close avenues of cyber-attack by improving the security of the Internet and the computers upon which our digital economy exists.

 

While fighting terrorism, we will protect the civil liberties of all Americans. Our justice system must guarantee fairness with procedures that protect the rights of the accused, even under the unusual circumstances of the investigation of threats to our national security. We must avoid stereotyping, for it defeats the highest purposes of our country if citizens feel automatically suspect by virtue of their ethnic origin. The purpose of terrorism is not only to intimidate, but also to divide and fracture, and we cannot permit that to happen. Source

(We) support a response to terrorism that is resolute but not impulsive. In many instances the military will have to rethink it traditional doctrine and begin to focus on counterterrorism, human intelligence gathering, and unconventional warfare. (The) American military has been run ragged by a deployment tempo that has eroded its military readiness. Many units have seen their operational requirements increased four-fold, wearing out both people and equipment. When presidents fail to make hard choices, those who serve must make them instead. Soldiers must choose whether to stay with their families or to stay in the armed forces at all. Sending our military on vague, aimless, and endless missions rapidly saps morale. Even the highest morale is eventually undermined by back-to-back deployments, poor pay, shortages of spare parts and equipment, inadequate training, and rapidly declining readiness.

 

The rule of law, the very foundation for a free society, has been under assault, not only by criminals from the ground up, but also from the top down. An administration that lives by evasion, coverup, stonewalling, and duplicity has given us a totally discredited Department of Justice. Source

Are you surprised?
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I personally think that every politician in the world needs to learn to say what they mean, and do what they say. Instead of saying whatever will get them elected, then forgeting all about what they said to get elected.

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The first group had the only mention of our pal Osama of either group, and spelled out a strategy for dealing with him. It would have been interesting to see if it would have been carried out successfully. And did someone have a crystal ball about that Justice Department, or what?

 

The second group identified some real problems. They have not been addressed, and they have gotten worse with the war in Iraq. Of course, they've solved the problem with soldiers leaving by using the "stop loss" policy and holding over the tours of duty for more than a year. And if we're looking for evasion, coverup, or stonewalling, Ashcroft certainly has shown quite a bit of it. Who can forget his famous line to Congress: "I'm not claiming executive privilege, but I'm not giving you the documents."

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It's all crap that get spinned quicker than a subnuclear washing machine, so I didn't even bother to click.

Look at what is the big news now: the national Democratic circlejerk. Of course the Dems will make all their lofty high-falutin promises, and revel in much Bush-bashing. OK, I can get behind some Bush-bashing, but how much real substance with come of it? It's as relevant as a KI$$ or Trekkie convention.

The same thing will happen when the Republicans do their thing, but what can they sell us: "since GWB has started using Colgate with enhanced fluoride, his IQ has leapt 20 points on the Wechsler chart!"?

It is all lies, we need a true third party that can go between the polarized dissension and bring some semblance of non-partisan, real life direction to this land.

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Here is one for you, who said:

 

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed; those who are cold and are not clothed ?

 

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It's all crap

Do you know how sick I am of hearing that?

 

It's not all crap! It's mostly crap declared by weak people who, thank god, are mostly less weak than we are.

 

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This is a real thought provoking post, Dave. The public needs to do a better job of holding their leaders accountable. It is important to check and know the facts before disinformation specialists like Karl Rove distort the record.

 

I had used the second quote in a previous post. These words clearly show what a failure the Bush Administration has been. It is amazing that the Bush team has failed to achieve any of the goals outlined in his own party's platform. The President's record is a litany of broken promises and destructive, imprudent actions.

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