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Tuesday, June 17, 2003  

•• Intended Casualties of Bush's War: reality and truth ••

The NYTimes' Paul Krugman is my "go-to" guy every Tuesday and Friday, and his columns never let me down; if only the docile Democrats would follow suit and kick the fearmongering arrogant Republican asses a la Krugman -- relentlessly, consistently and continually until election eve of 2004.

Get your Krugman fix on the Bush Admin's "Dereliction of Duty" here.

In the meantime, here's hoping some Democrat will surface somewhere soon (John Kerry, step up to the plate dude?!) and give it as good as Krugman:

Last Thursday a House subcommittee met to finalize next year's homeland security appropriation. The ranking Democrat announced that he would introduce an amendment adding roughly $1 billion for areas like port security and border security that, according to just about every expert, have been severely neglected since Sept. 11. He proposed to pay for the additions by slightly scaling back tax cuts for people making more than $1 million per year.

The subcommittee's chairman promptly closed the meeting to the public, citing national security — though no classified material was under discussion. And the bill that emerged from the closed meeting did not contain the extra funding.

It was a perfect symbol of the reality of the Bush administration's "war on terror." Behind the rhetoric — and behind the veil of secrecy, invoked in the name of national security but actually used to prevent public scrutiny — lies a pattern of neglect, of refusal to take crucial actions to protect us from terrorists. Actual counterterrorism, it seems, doesn't fit the administration's agenda. [Italics Added]

Yesterday's WaPo had a revelatory piece on Rand Beers, who up until 5 days prior to the war on Iraq, was the National Security Council's senior Director for Counterterrorism; the Post's piece is the first time that Beers has revealed what was behind his stepping down:

"The administration wasn't matching its deeds to its words in the war on terrorism. They're making us less secure, not more secure," said Beers, who until now has remained largely silent about leaving his National Security Council job as special assistant to the president for combating terrorism. "As an insider, I saw the things that weren't being done. And the longer I sat and watched, the more concerned I became, until I got up and walked out."

Having worked under 4 administrations for over 30 years, and having served the last 3 years as one of the administration's top anti-terrorism operatives, Mr. Rand's resignation came as somewhat of a surprise to those inside the beltway. But here's the other eyebrow raiser:

Eight weeks after leaving the Bush White House, he volunteered as national security adviser for Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.), a Democratic candidate for president, in a campaign to oust his former boss.


He had briefly considered a think tank or an academic job but realized that he "never felt so strongly about something in my life" than he did about changing current U.S. policies.

Of the Democratic candidates, Kerry offered the greatest expertise in foreign affairs and security issues, he decided. Like Beers, Kerry had served in Vietnam. As a civil servant, Beers liked Kerry's emphasis on national service. [Italics Added]

posted by voxpopgirl | 6/17/2003