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DinahMoeHum Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-16-06 01:31 PM
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28. Like I've said, Bush and the 'Pukes couldn't kick a duck in the ass
if they stood on a brick.

David Cole/Washington Post had an excellent piece about 10 days ago (in the wake of the Moussaoui verdict) on Bushco's emphasizing symbolism over substance in fighting terrorism:

The Moussaoui case is emblematic of the administration's approach to fighting terrorism. It has repeatedly overreached and sought symbolic victories, adopting tactics that have undermined its ability to achieve real security while disregarding less flashy but more effective means of protecting us...
While the government rounded up Arabs and Muslims with no ties to terrorism and authorized torture and disappearances, several of its highest-profile cases fell short, and it failed to carry out the more mundane work that might actually make us safer. In December the bipartisan Sept. 11 commission gave the administration a disastrous report card on its progress in implementing a series of practical security recommendations -- such as better screening of cargo on airlines and containers coming into ports, securing of nuclear materials in the former Soviet Union to keep them out of terrorists' hands, and protection of vulnerable targets such as chemical plants.
Tough talk in news conferences, overheated charges that evaporate under scrutiny and executions for symbolic purposes will not make us safer. The administration needs to turn away from symbolism and toward substance if it is to have any hope of protecting us from the next attack.

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