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Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Excerpts from Harrison's National Security Speech

In what probably will be viewed as Stephen Harrison's best and most comprehensive policy speech of his campaign to date, today's speech on National Security really drives home to true price of what it means to the district to have Rep. Vito Fossella in office, and what it can look like with Stephen Harrison representing us instead. The speech is too detailed to repost in full, so I will post excerpts in segments. Without further ado, Stephen Harrison, the next Congressman from the thirteenth Congressional district of New York State;


"Our nation is threatened by an enemy as cruel as any we have ever faced. Nearly five years ago, our city was scarred by the worst attack ever to fall on American soil. Only two weeks ago the British cracked a terrorist plot to bomb multiple planes over the Atlantic. Looking back on the years between these two attacks, I must ask, what has our leadership done to make us safer? Three and one-half years after Pearl Harbor, Japan was defeated and the threat to our nation removed. So why is it, that almost five years after 9/11, we are still facing new attacks?
The only answer can be that our nation’s leaders have made tremendous mistakes in the war on terror. Throughout the last five years, armchair warriors in the White House and in Congress have wrapped themselves in an obsession with Iraq that has left all of us less safe. They refuse to listen to our allies, or even to their own generals. They push aside brave, experienced men, like Colin Powell, who questioned the wisdom of their course. Most unforgivably, they have chosen to set aside facts, and live in a fantasy world of their own making for political advantage."



"Despite years of war in Iraq, at a cost of tens of thousands of mostly innocent lives and hundreds of billions of dollars, at the price of our moral leadership of the world and the shattering of our close alliances we are no closer to defeating terrorism. We are no safer because of Iraq. Indeed we are less secure. There is no evidence that terrorists operated from Iraq before the war but there is much to suggest that terrorist organizations now do."



"Al Qaeda used Afghanistan as a training ground for terrorist operations on American shores and the Taliban protected them. I supported that war and I still do. We left Afghanistan too early to enter Iraq. As a result, the Bush administration left UBL free to this day and we see a reemergence of the Taliban. That’s unconscionable. Osama bin laden caused 9/11. For the sake of our nation, for the children and mothers and spouses of those who died that day, we, as a nation, must hunt down and capture or kill him. It is that simple. It must never be said that an attack on our land stood unavenged. Had a competent president been in charge, he would have listened to his generals on Afghanistan. We would have gone in with overwhelming force and we would have won and captured UBL."



"Iraq, regardless of whether you initially supported it or opposed it has been a colossal failure of leadership."


UPDATE
Part II
Part III

2 Comments:

At 10:26 PM, Blogger HaagenDas said...

Hi there. I saw your blog and wanted to comment on certain issues which I feel you have not fully disclosed.

Looking back on the years between these two attacks, I must ask, what has our leadership done to make us safer?

A lot has happened to keep us safe. Terrorist networks have been disabled, command and control for Al Qaeda destroyed, money laundering stopped, plots to blow up the Brooklyn Bridge thwarted, and the list goes on. We have not had an attack in 5 years. That is remarkable considering how much of the far left is trying to thwart ANYTHING the Bush Administration does.

Still, this isnt about the Bush Administration necessarily. It is about who is better for Staten Island and Bay Ridge. I am an independent and not registered with any party. I just see a bunch of "Bush is evil" out of the Democrats and this speech by Harrison. There are absolutely no specifics here on what EXACTLY he would propose as a solution given the state of the international system today and how he could specifically enact change as a Congressman?

Three and one-half years after Pearl Harbor, Japan was defeated and the threat to our nation removed. So why is it, that almost five years after 9/11, we are still facing new attacks?

As fierce an enemy the Empire of Japan was, radical terrorists today are far greater in their resolve and their reach. The only way to ensure a total victory as we had over Japan would be for a total annihilation of the Muslim population with a nuclear weapon as we did to Japan. I hope that is not what you're advocating. But again, this is about what Harrison's alternative would be.

Despite years of war in Iraq, at a cost of tens of thousands of mostly innocent lives and hundreds of billions of dollars, at the price of our moral leadership of the world and the shattering of our close alliances we are no closer to defeating terrorism. We are no safer because of Iraq. Indeed we are less secure.

Again, Harrison just complains about Iraq (which I agree is a botch up) but doesnt propose a solution. It is crying over spilled milk. What is he going to do NOW?

There is no evidence that terrorists operated from Iraq before the war but there is much to suggest that terrorist organizations now do

Actually that is not true.

-Terrorism in Iraq did exist such as the camp at Salman Pak in northern Iraq operated by Al Qaeda affilliates.
-Saddam Hussein gave millions in aid to Palestinian terrorists who would cause more harm against Israelis and Palestinians and in turn against Americans since we support Israel.
-Zarqawi, the recently killed leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, actually got into Iraq while Saddam Hussein was in power. He knew about his existence too, since Zarqawi was operated on at one of Saddam's son's hospitals.
-The 9-11 Commission proved there were links between Al Qaeda and Saddam's forces (p66-67). The recently aprehended terrorist in Bangladesh commonly called "Bangla Babu" also confirmed this.

Personally, given what we know now about no MASSIVE stockpiles of WMD, I would not have authorized an Iraqi invasion. Still, to say there were no links between Saddam and terrorism is simply false.

Al Qaeda used Afghanistan as a training ground for terrorist operations on American shores and the Taliban protected them. I supported that war and I still do. We left Afghanistan too early to enter Iraq. As a result, the Bush administration left UBL free to this day and we see a reemergence of the Taliban. That’s unconscionable. Osama bin laden caused 9/11. For the sake of our nation, for the children and mothers and spouses of those who died that day, we, as a nation, must hunt down and capture or kill him. It is that simple. It must never be said that an attack on our land stood unavenged. Had a competent president been in charge, he would have listened to his generals on Afghanistan. We would have gone in with overwhelming force and we would have won and captured UBL."

Resrugence in the Taliban? That is contrary to what Hamid Karzai, the Afghani Prime Minister, said.

Also, General Tommy Franks, former Commander of CENTCOM who engineered the Afghani and Iraqi invasion, said the President provided him with all adequate supplies and manpower he asked for.

Still, I dont understand what President Bush's alleged tactical failing had to do with Congressman Fossella or Steve Harrison? Neither would have any say on day to day operations of the military.

Iraq, regardless of whether you initially supported it or opposed it has been a colossal failure of leadership

He sounds like a broken record. What is his SOLUTION? What would he do DIFFERENTLY at THIS time?

 
At 10:35 PM, Blogger me said...

I only published the first third of the speech at the time you wrote this. I just published Part II, and I will be covering his three objectives to rectify the situation, tomorrow in Part III.

 

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