Dick Cheney: Fearmonger Without an Adequate Plan

Dick Cheney is once again trying to instill fear in the heart of every American in an attempt to snag votes:

Vice President Dick Cheney on Tuesday evoked the possibility of terrorists bombing U.S. cities with nuclear weapons and questioned whether Sen. John Kerry could combat such a threat, which the vice president called a concept "you've got to get your mind around."

"The biggest threat we face now as a nation is the possibility of terrorists ending up in the middle of one of our cities with deadlier weapons than have ever before been used against us - biological agents or a nuclear weapon or a chemical weapon of some kind to be able to threaten the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans," Cheney said. "That's the ultimate threat. For us to have a strategy that's capable of defeating that threat, you've got to get your mind around that concept," Cheney said.

Bush-Cheney have no strategy to counter a catastrophic attack. Take the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act that Bush signed into law yesterday. Bush insisted that funds for first responders be reduced.

The $33 billion measure, almost $900 million more than Bush had proposed, finances the Department of Homeland Security for the current fiscal year, which began Oct. 1.

It cuts spending for police and emergency responders from last year's levels by about $500 million, to $3.6 billion for police and other emergency responders.

...The ranking Democrat on the House Select Committee on Homeland Security said Bush has done too little to secure the nation. Rep. Jim Turner, D-Texas, cited deficiencies in the inspection of cargo for nuclear and radiological material, the lack of a comprehensive terrorist watch list and the small percentage of airplane cargo that is screened for explosives.

"The truth of the matter is that the administration is not doing everything it can and should be doing to protect the homeland," Turner said.

Now check out yesterday's brutal criticism of the Administration's terror policies by Derrick Thomas, National Vice President, American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO.

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