It is becoming increasingly clear that the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Rice approach to fighting the so-called “global war on terror” is an utter failture and it is time for the American people to consider new leadership.
According to the Associated Press and as seen on cable TV news, President George W. Bush made a speech on Tuesday from the secret Counterterrorism Center just outside Washington, D.C., and tried to use the alleged foiled plot to blow up flights between Britain and the United States as political fodder, saying it was evidence that the West could be fighting the global war on terrorists for many years to come.
“America is safer than it has been, yet it is not yet safe,” Bush said.
But Bush campaigned in 2004 on a ticket to make America safe by “fighting them over there” so we don’t have to “fight them here.”
Due to the U.S. support for Israel’s invasion of Lebanon, however, the Arab street is as riled up against the West as ever and today in Boston, Homeland Security Department officials are going through luggage looking for homemade bomb making devices. It’s just a matter of time before we face another 9/11, since the Bush administration’s diplomatic team has done nothing to try and ease the hatred of the West in the Muslim world.
The counterterrorism center is located at an undisclosed site in Northern Virginia known as Liberty Crossing. It merges hundreds of government experts and more than two dozen computer networks from various federal agencies focusing on potential threats, according to the AP. The Washington Post in the past has reported on preparations by the Carlysle Group to build an alternative government compound in Alexandria, Virginia in case Washington, D.C., is hit with a nuclear bomb.
The nation’s safety looms as a major issue in the midterm elections Nov. 7. Both Republicans and Democrats are maneuvering for the political advantage in an election where control of Congress is at stake.
Democrats blamed Bush administration policies for making the country more vulnerable to outside threats.
“Five years after 9/11, al-Qaida has morphed into a global franchise operation, terror attacks have increased sharply across the world and the president has shut down the program designed to catch Osama bin Laden,” Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada said in a statement following Bush’s remarks.
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., in a teleconference with reporters Tuesday, accused the Bush administration of “stubbornness” and of holding an “oversimplistic” view of how to resolve Middle East tensions.
“One of the great failures of this administration has been a refusal to consider new approaches to problems,” he said.
While we are sympathetic to those who are not any more comfortable with Democrats than Republicans and long for a multi-party system, now is not the time to push that agenda. It is time for the Republican Party to relinquish some of its power and let people run government who are committed to making it work, not running it into the ground.
In fact, if this were a just world, George W. Bush would resign the presidency and let someone else try to govern.
If politics was football, and Bush was the head coach, he would have been fired already.
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