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Monday, May 19, 2003


Dean Blasts Bush in Iowa

posted by Aziz P. at Monday, May 19, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Dean tackles Bush on the Big Issue - foreign policy:

``This president talks tough about homeland security but in fact we're a lot less safe,'' he said, questioning why Bush turned his attention away from al Qaeda in Afghanistan and failed to provide funding for police and emergency units that would deal with an attack at home.
Dean said his foreign policy team would operate on the belief that ``the United States has a moral obligation to be a world leader and not simply the most fearful power on the planet Earth.''

Bush is actually very vulnerable on the national security issue. The revelation that nuclear materials were looted from the Tuwaitha facility in iraq - because guarding it with troops was not a priority - has been a monumental SNAFU that means that America is less safe, not more, by removing Saddam's regime. The fact that Bush essentially lied about WMD to the American people is also critical - note that the White House is now frantically trying to distance themselves from the WMD as casus belli argument. Of course, Bush has been cutting funding for homeland security efforts (such as at the nation's shipping ports) to pursue his economically-disastrous tax cuts, putting his loyalty to his big money donors and his party ahead of teh safety of the nation. If Dean can push on these fronts, the media will follow.


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