Q The administration has been boasting about the success of the President’s war on terror, yet data compiled by the RAND Corporation show that the global rate of terrorism, as measured by the number of people killed per year, increased by almost fivefold during the Bush presidency. And according to the government’s own terrorism statistics, 2007 was the worst year ever, with over 22,000 people killed worldwide. Does the President consider that record a success?
MR. STANZEL: The President considers it very much a success that we have kept this nation safe since the devastating attacks of 9/11. The magnitude of the attacks on 9/11 were unprecedented, unseen, when 19 individuals armed with box cutters flew airplanes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and were fought and died in a field in Pennsylvania.
We have taken the fight to the terrorists. It has been this President’s sole mission throughout his presidency to confront those threats where they are. He has a much talked about Bush Doctrine. The President has made it very clear that if you aid, abet, house, feed, fund a terrorist, you are just as guilty as the terrorist, and that we will also confront the challenges where they emerge so we don’t have to face them here at home. And we will work to spread an ideology of hope and freedom, which will be the ultimate tool in combating terrorism around the world.
So I’ll move on. Yes, go ahead —
Q But shouldn’t the anti-terrorism efforts reduce terrorism rather than increase it?
MR. STANZEL: Well, I guess you should ask the question, have terrorists — do terrorists continue to try to kill innocent civilians around the world? Yes, they do. Should we then just take a step back and decide, no, we shouldn’t confront those challenges?
Q But you can try a —
MR. STANZEL: I’m done, I’m going to move on.
Q — you can try a different tactic.
So following this logic, especially in light of Bush and his surrogates to comparing Iraq to WWII, if there would have been more Nazis and radical Japanese nationalists after WWII that would have been considered victory. A National Intelligence Estimate released in 2006 ,
A classified National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) contends that the war in Iraq has increased Islamic radicalism, and has made the terror threat around the world worse. Based on information from US government officials who had seen the document and spoke on condition of anyonymity, The New York Times reports that the NIE document, titled “Trends in Global Terrorism: Implications for the United States,” says the war plays a much more direct role in the spread of Islamic radicalism around the world than has previously been indicated by the White House, or in a recent report by the US House intelligence committee.
The U.S. has also not been hit by a comet during the Bush presidency. Which will probably appear as another bullet on the Bush legacy resume as soon as some apologist thinks to add it.
It happens more often than you might think on Capitol Hill: a new bill is announced by a congressional office, with little fanfare and fewer co-sponsors than it deserves but a purpose so abundantly sensible that the plan cries out for more attention.
Such is the case with H.R. 104, a bill introduced on Tuesday by House judiciary committee chairman John Conyers (D-MI) and nine other lawmakers. The measure would set up a National Commission on Presidential War Powers and Civil Liberties, with subpoena power and a reported budget of around $3 million, to investigate issues ranging from detainee treatment to waterboarding to extraordinary rendition. The panel’s members would hail from outside the government and be appointed by the president and congressional leaders of both parties.
With only ten sponsors, not likely to go anywhere with some e-mails and faxes to your senators and representatives – especially Nancy Pelosi. It would be more then nice if those on Obama’s contact list for e-mail and Twitter would spread the word and start building some pressure.
More great news for Norm Coleman, from our new Research 2000 poll conducted on Thursday and Friday for Daily Kos (MOE 4%):
Do you favor or oppose Norm Coleman’s legal challenge to Al Franken’s victory?
NOT SURE: 19%
Do you think the Senate seat should remain vacant until Coleman’s lawsuit is resolved or do you think Al Franken should be provisionally seated pending the outcome of the election contest?
PROVISIONALLY SEAT: 47%
REMAIN VACANT: 37%
NOT SURE: 16%
So why do Minnesotans want to move on? Probably because by an overwhelming margin they think the recount process was fair:
Which statement best reflects your point of view? The recount process has been…
…fair to both Norm Coleman and Al Franken: 63%
…mostly unfair to Norm Coleman: 17%
…mostly unfair to Al Franken: 12%
NOT SURE: 8%