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"New Yorkers, who three days after their world caved in had still to see George W Bush descend on their city and show them leadership, greeted Clinton like a returning Messiah. He, in turn, treated them like a priest tending a wounded flock. And it all came so naturally and so genuinely that it seemed somehow bizarre that he hadn't been driven there in a limousine bearing the seal of office. The scene made me, as an outsider, and surely millions of Americans, ask : "Will the real president please stand up?"****** The Mirror (London), Sept. 16, 2001 ******
"The U.S. is spending too much on missile defense and too little on intelligence and fighting terrorism. The culprit is likely Osama Bin Laden -- and a missile defense system won't stop him." *** Former National Security Advisor Anthony Lake
"The Department of Defense, where cold war status quo thinking has persevered, has not prepared for a war against terrorism and has built weapons systems ill-suited to the conduct of such a war. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been far more concerned with the phantom menace of rogue state missiles than with the concept of maneuver warfare required to counter terrorism, demanding trenchant intelligence analysis." *** Melvin A. Goodman
Instead of blowing billions of dollars on an unproven technology aimed at non-existent threats from the so-called rogue nations, the administration should be developing a sensible, practical strategy to combat the REAL threats like this, closer to earth than the missiles and updating the human intelligence factor. With the current technology, those nations should be launching missiles with 'come, get me' beacons attached to them.
On the Lighter Side
Bill Clinton and Al Gore flew from Australia and Austria respectively to be with the people in NYC. Meanwhile Chicken George was nowhere to be found - apparently taking a mystery tour of America - FL, LA, NE etc. etc. etc.. "Compassionate Conservatism" at work.
REAL LEADER v. FIGURE HEAD
pResident Bush used the "Lucky me, I hit the trifecta." joke 13 times since February 27, 2002 until June 25, 2002 to his ditto-monkey audience who share his enthusiasm. It is still continuing. That is "Compassionate Conservatism" for ya.
The twin lights memorial rises above the New York City skyline from the waterfront in Jersey City, N.J., Monday, March 11, 2002, the six-month date of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The two light beams are a temporary memorial that will light up every evening till April 13. (AP Photo/Mike Derer