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This from Slate via a friend -
The Democrats' national-security plan is bland and banal—but the Republicans' is worse.
By Fred Kaplan
Posted Monday, April 3, 2006, at 6:16 PM ET
The Democrats' biggest challenge these days is persuading the American public that they, too, have the cojones to storm shores and drop bombs should the need arise, and so last week the party's congressional honchos released a brief, stars-and-stripes-lined document titled Real Security: The Democratic Plan To Protect America and Restore Leadership in the World.
It's more a rough outline than a "plan"; it raises at least as many questions as it answers; it reeks of banality.
One item on the checklist: "Rebuild a state-of-the-art military by making the necessary investment in equipment and manpower so that we can project power to protect America wherever and whenever necessary." What is the "necessary investment"?
Another: "Eliminate terrorist breeding grounds by combating the economic, social, and political conditions that allow extremism to thrive." OK, but with what money and what kinds of projects? "Redouble efforts to stop nuclear weapons development in Iran and North Korea"? Any ideas how?
I especially like this item: "Eliminate Osama bin Laden, destroy terrorist networks like al Qaeda, finish the job in Afghanistan, and end the threat posed by the Taliban."
The real contest will begin when both parties nominate their candidates, at which point this document may or may not be a dead letter. For now, though, the Dems have hoisted a banner: real security vs. rhetorical security; tough and smart vs. tough and, well, not so smart. Let that debate begin.
The way MAXINE see it is that this writer has it wrong.
The Democrat leadership (as represented by Pelosi, Reid, Murtha, Kerry, Kennedy, and etc.) does not have a bland national security plan (let me throw in Cynthia McKinney's reaction and attitude on security as well). It is non-existent combined with a dangerous cut-and-run / moral equivalency component.
The Republicans, for their part, have forgotten how to lead. It is not worse than the Democrats ... it is just bad.
We need to put up a fence at the border. We will either put one up now, or we will put one up after someone launches a terrorist attack after it is proven that they used the open border to launch the attack.
The wish is that this issue of national security would be as simple as being about power politics and Hispanic racism. It just isn't - we are at war - and our leaders and citizens who get their primary information from the mainstream media, really do not know how much our way of life based on Christian respect and self-determinate freedoms are under attack.
"Real Vague" does even begin to describe the stance the Democrats (or the Republicans for that matter) currently have in regards to our national security.