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Doubt About Negroponte

Yesterday, about four years late, George Bush finally firmed up the new Intelligence Department by naming former US envoy to Iraq and key player in the Iraqi war John Negroponte as director. There are two problems with this decision. 1) 9/11 already happened and although intelligence reform is important, it is more important to thoroughly assess the situation from a federal standpoint and disclose all details that could have possibly contributed to the crisis. Too bad that will never happen. 2) What does the fact that Negroponte was one of the most visible faces of the Iraqi war have to do with national intelligence that will protect Americans within the United States. The terrorists/insurgents currently in Iraq will never attack us in a 9/11 manner, they are only concerned with stopping us within Iraq. A widespread intelligence department should be focusing on making sure the US is not attacked again by foreign enemies. When you invade a country, people usually fight back against the invaders. Finally, it is important to revisit the counterterrorism strategy, terrorists do not carry out widespread attacks the same way twice and certainly not within a short timespan (Such as 9/11-now). So to say that we have stopped terrorists from attacking us in the country is a premature guess. Judging from Bush’s appointment of Porter Goss as CIA director, I have a feeling Negroponte will continue to carry out the partisan Bush agenda.

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February 18, 2005 - Posted by | The Progressive Movement

2 Comments »

  1. hmm… this is crap.

    But it’s friday night, and I’m going out. Will elaborate some other time.

    Comment by AVoiceofReason | February 18, 2005 | Reply

  2. 1) 9/11 already happened and although intelligence reform is important, it is more important to thoroughly assess the situation from a federal standpoint and disclose all details that could have possibly contributed to the crisis. Too bad that will never happen.

    Ummm… did you miss the 9/11 Commission? It was composed by Member so both parties, as was a very through investigation of 9/11

    2) ..The terrorists/insurgents currently in Iraq will never attack us in a 9/11 manner, they are only concerned with stopping us within Iraq.

    David, do you realize that the terrorists in Iraq are lead by Al-Qaida number two Ayman al-Zawahri? To say that they are only concerned with what we are doing in Iraq is VERY naive.

    2)….. it is important to revisit the counterterrorism strategy, terrorists do not carry out widespread attacks the same way twice and certainly not within a short timespan (Such as 9/11-now)….

    I would like to point out that they do indeed attack in the same manner, over and over. Take the Embassy bombings. The use of car bombs is a tried and true terrorist method. They tried to use tanker trucks to blow up bridges and tunnels, and were stopped. They tried to explode a dirty bomb in DC, and were caught. They will surely try both of these methods again. Simply because there have not been any successful attacks in the US, does not mean that they have not tried any.

    2) … So to say that we have stopped terrorists from attacking us in the country is a premature guess …

    It is not a guess to say that there were no additional terrorist attacks in the US during Bush’s first term of office since 9/11.

    To say we have stopped terrorist attacks inside the US, is also not a guess, but a fact.

    There is no way to predict what tomorrow will bring, but as of today, we HAVE stopped them from striking inside the US.

    Comment by ÐÇRøçk§ | February 23, 2005 | Reply


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