[FoRK] GOP != Idiot: Republican chair of Senate Foreign
Relations Committee "gets it"
louie at ximian.com
Sun May 23 16:10:36 PDT 2004
Given that there are a fair number of people with Clue(tm), and given
that Kerry is best summarized here  is there actually space at some
point for a well-organized, well-funded centrist party?
On Sun, 2004-05-23 at 18:04 -0500, Contempt for Meatheads wrote:
> GOP senator rips Bush on Iraq, terrorism
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> By Mark Pratt
> May 23, 2004 | MEDFORD, Mass. (AP) -- Republican Sen. Richard G.
> Lugar on Saturday said the United States isn't doing enough to stave
> off terrorism and criticized President Bush for failing to offer solid
> plans for Iraq's future.
> Lugar, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the
> nation must prevent terrorism from taking root around the world by
> "repairing and building alliances," increasing trade, supporting
> democracy, addressing regional conflicts and controlling weapons of
> mass destruction.
> Unless the country commits itself to such measures, "we are likely to
> experience acts of catastrophic terrorism that would undermine our
> economy, damage our society and kill hundreds of thousands, if not
> millions, of people," the Indiana senator said during an appearance at
> the Fletcher School at Tufts University.
> Lugar said military might alone isn't enough to eradicate terrorism.
> "To win the war against terrorism, the United States must assign U.S.
> economic and diplomatic capabilities the same strategic priority that
> we assign to military capabilities," he said.
> He later added, "Military action is necessary to defeat serious and
> immediate threats to our national security. But the war on terrorism
> will not be won through attrition _ particularly since military action
> will often breed more terrorists and more resentment of the United
> Lugar, who was awarded the Dean's Medal for distinguished service in
> international affairs, said it's still unclear how much control the
> Iraqi people will have over their nation's security when power is
> transferred to them June 30.
> "I am very hopeful that the president and his administration will
> articulate precisely what is going to happen as much as they can, day
> by day, as opposed to a generalization," he said.
> It's not the first time that Lugar has criticized Bush, a fellow
> Republican. In 2003, Lugar and Sen. Joseph Biden, the committee's top
> Democrat, warned that the Bush administration had not given enough
> consideration to what would happen in Iraq after the fighting ended.
> Also Saturday, Lugar blamed the Bush and Clinton administrations for
> not adequately funding the foreign affairs budget, noting that the
> military's budget is more than 13 times what the nation spends for
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