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Friday, June 27, 2003


Dean says Bush's policies leaving nation, troops at risk

posted by Adam F. at Friday, June 27, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
Democratic presidential hopeful Howard Dean said Friday that the Bush administration's energy and fiscal policies were putting U.S. soldiers and the nation's security at risk.

"This president, because of his economic policies, is a threat to the security of the United States of America," Dean said during a campaign stop in San Diego. He said Bush's economic policy was driving the nation deeper in debt and weakening crucial programs.

"Not only will we undercut Medicare and Social Security, ultimately we will undercut our ability to adequately defend ourselves if this president's fiscal policies continue the way they are," he said.

Speaking before 500 people at a City Club of San Diego luncheon, Dean said that the American people may have been misled by the president into going to war. He said either the U.S. intelligence community were mistaken about the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, senior White House advisers withheld information from the president or Bush himself "did not tell us the truth."

"The truth is it's a good thing to have Saddam gone. But the other truth is that we went to war without knowing the facts, that our service people are dying now because we went to war without knowing the facts," Dean said before a largely partisan crowd.

The former Vermont governor said the lack of evidence that Saddam's regime possessed deadly weapons proves he was right to doubt Defense Secretary's Donald Rumsfeld earlier assertions about Iraq's weapons program.

"Where are those weapons, Mr. Secretary?" Dean asked during remarks that lasted about 15 minutes...."

UPDATE (Aziz): It's even worse than that - see Daily Kos for more information on how Bush and the GOP are putting the screws to soldiers andtheir families on the home front. Dean needs to incorporate these facts into his rhetoric, because there's a solid chance to appeal to military voters.


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