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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Hoffmania!: Weak On Terrorism While The President Is Tough

The president wants tougher anti-terrorism laws, but there are those in Congress and the Senate who want to block anything this president wants to do. This can only appease and embolden the terrorists and open the door for them to attack us.

Sensing something is in the works, the president (not wishing to hide anything from the House) proposes wide-ranging anti-terrorism measures, including wiretaps. The opposition in the Senate is horrified, and considers the whole project "phony." They know it's all to divert attention from the president's bigger mistake.

Having only a virulent dislike for the president, these partisans risk forging a reputation as being "The Party of Obstruction" and "The Party of No" - for giving the thumbs-down to anything the president proposes while offering no solutions of their own.

This is, after all, an election year. link below >>>


And while this goes on, America is about to be attacked by the same terrorists the president has been trying to fight - while being hamstrung by the opposition party.

It isn't 2006. It isn't fiction from the fertile mind of a neocon writer. It isn't a TV movie.

The year is 1996. The story is from CNN. A great find by reader Ian Bruce. This should be bookmarked and and bronzed. And sent to ABC-TV.

President wants Senate to hurry with new anti-terrorism laws

President Clinton urged Congress Tuesday to act swiftly in developing anti-terrorism legislation before its August recess.

"We need to keep this country together right now. We need to focus on this terrorism issue," Clinton said during a White House news conference.

But while the president pushed for quick legislation, Republican lawmakers hardened their stance against some of the proposed anti-terrorism measures.

Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Mississippi, doubted that the Senate would rush to action before they recess this weekend. The Senate needs to study all the options, he said, and trying to get it done in the next three days would be tough.

One key GOP senator was more critical, calling a proposed study of chemical markers in explosives "a phony issue."

Taggants value disputed

Clinton said he knew there was Republican opposition to his proposal on explosive taggants, but it should not be allowed to block the provisions on which both parties agree.

"What I urge them to do is to be explicit about their disagreement, but don't let it overcome the areas of agreement," he said.

The president emphasized coming to terms on specific areas of disagreement would help move the legislation along. The president stressed it's important to get the legislation out before the weekend's recess, especially following the bombing of Centennial Olympic Park and the crash of TWA Flight 800.

"The most important thing right now is that they get the best, strongest bill they can out -- that they give us as much help as they can," he said.

Hatch blasts 'phony' issues

Republican leaders earlier met with White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta for about an hour in response to the president's call for "the very best ideas" for fighting terrorism.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, emerged from the meeting and said, "These are very controversial provisions that the White House wants. Some they're not going to get."

Hatch called Clinton's proposed study of taggants -- chemical markers in explosives that could help track terrorists -- "a phony issue."

"If they want to, they can study the thing" already, Hatch asserted. He also said he had some problems with the president's proposals to expand wiretapping.

Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota, said it is a mistake if Congress leaves town without addressing anti-terrorism legislation. Daschle is expected to hold a special meeting on the matter Wednesday with Congressional leaders.

Hoffmania!: Weak On Terrorism While The President Is Tough


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