Monday, October 23, 2006

Might Support Republicans on November 7?

First See What The Republican Failure of Leadership
Has Done To The Real Terrorists:

Taliban Resurgence In Afghanistan
Violence On The Rise Over The Past Year In Afghanistan.
"Hewing closely to a strategy used by Iraqi insurgents, Taliban militants are increasingly targeting top government officials in Afghanistan, which has seen a spike in assassinations and attempted killings the last six weeks. ... Violence has spiked alarmingly in Afghanistan this year, and insurgents have adopted tactics used in Iraq , such as roadside bombings and suicide attacks." [AP, 10/19/06]

NATO Commander: US Didn't Follow Through In Afghanistan. "The U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan failed to follow through as it should have after ousting the Taliban government in 2001, setting the stage for this year's deadly resurgence, the NATO commander in the country said Tuesday. The mistake consisted of adopting 'a peacetime approach' too early, British Gen. David Richards told Pentagon reporters. He said the international community has six months to correct the problem before losing Afghan support, reiterating a warning he issued last week. 'The Taliban were defeated. And it looked all pretty hunky-dory,' Richard said of the environment at the end of 2001. 'We thought it was all done and didn't treat it as aggressively as, with the benefit of hindsight, we should have done.'" [AP, 10/17/06]

Our Troops Aren't Equipped
Pentagon Study Found That 80 Percent Of Marines Killed By Wounds To Upper
Body Could Have Been Saved If They Had the Right Kind of Armor.
A Pentagon
study has found that as many as 80 percent of the marines who have been killed in Iraq from wounds to the upper body could have survived if they had had extra body armor. Such armor has been available since 2003, but until recently the Pentagon has largely declined to supply it to troops despite calls from the field for additional protection, according to military officials. [New York Times, 1/7/06]

Americans Still Aren’t Safe At Home
Under Bush Republican Leadership, the 9/11 Commission Recommendations
Have Not Been Properly Implemented
. The 9/11 Commission gave the Bush
Administration 5 F’s and 12 D’s on the implementation of the Commission’s recommendations for homeland security. [Final Report on 9/11 Commission Recommendations, 12/05]

FIRST RESPONDERS: Emergency Preparedness Still Inadequate. The President’s
budget for 2007 proposed to cut $612 million from first responder grants and training programs. The budget cuts funding levels for programs designed to assist state and local law enforcement agencies by more than $1 billion compared to FY 2006, the Firefighters Grant Program was cut by 50 percent, and the National Domestic Preparedness Consortium, which trains first responders, was cut by 66 percent. In addition, the President’s 2007 budget requested no funding to enhance interoperable communications. [“The State of Homeland Security, 2006” prepared by the Democratic Staff of the Committee on Homeland Security; 2/06]

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