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"Real Security": The War on Democrats Begins

Reported by Janie - March 30, 2006

With the 2006 elections looming over the Republican Party like a cloud of "smug", with falling poll numbers on an almost weekly basis, with Iraq teetering on the brink of civil war, the Republican Party seems to have no viable platform to run on this year that truly resonates with the majority of the American people. After years of claiming the Democrats have "no plan", and are soft on terror, the Democrats issued a plan yesterday - "Real Security" - which laid out their strategy for making America safer. The Republican Party's response? Quickly fax their talking points over to Fox.

On "Special Report" with substitute host Chris Wallace yesterday (3/29), Fox News Correspondent Jim Angle filed a report on the unveiling of the Democrats' security plan - but claimed it amounted to nothing more than attacking the President and held no real substance, while at the same time, covering for Bush and neglecting to mention the key element of the strategy: to implement the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, which the Bush Administration has received failing or very poor grades on, almost across the board.

Video of the segment is available from Newshounds: Dem Plan 2

Angle opened his attack piece, "The 2006 election shifted into high-gear today as the Democratic party launched a broad attack on the President and Republicans over national security."

Harry Reid (Clip): "That's why we're uniting behind a national security agenda that is tough and smart. An agenda that will provide the real security President Bush has promised, but failed to deliver."

Nancy Pelosi (Clip): "Democrats are committed to protecting our power, to protect the American people and defend freedom for our people."

General Wesley Clark (Clip): "After 9/11 the American people looked to the President for leadership, for security, but what they've been given is incompetence."

JA: " What did the Democrats propose to do? They laid out all sorts of things."

NP (Clip): Democrats stand together to ensure unparalleled military strength, to defeat terrorism and stop the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

JA: "Comments like that, and their document "Real Security" talks about rebuilding a state of the art military, suggesting an increase in its size or the amount of defense spending. The Democrats also criticized the Republicans over the war on terror."

Jack Reed (Clip): " We need to do more to defeat terrorists and stop the proliferation of nuclear and chemical weapons. We will keep the focus on Al Qaeda and hunt down Osama Bin Laden."

JA: "The Democratic document also calls for eliminating 'terrorist breeding grounds by combating economic, social and political conditions that allow extremism to thrive…'Republicans were somewhat bemused noting that the Democrats posed things everyone favors, along with policies already being pursued."

Kit Bond (Clip): "They want to eliminate Osama Bin Laden, destroy terrorist networks, finish the job in Afghanistan and eliminate the threat posed by the Taleban. Good idea, that's exactly what George Bush, this administration and his Republican supporters in Congress have been working on."

Comment: "I don't know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really don't care. It's not that important. It's not our priority." - G.W. Bush, 3/13/02

Note to Senator Bond: You might claim this is what you're doing - but the American people know you aren't doing it right!

Deborah Pryce (Clip): We know that they're the party that has decimated our intelligence and our military. They're the party that voted against the Patriot Act.

Comment: More lies and distortions. Only ONE Senator voted against the Patriot Act - Senator Feingold. And that's purely because he's rational enough to not rush to judgment and sign anything the Republicans put in front of him without reading it first.

JA: "And of course, there was plenty of criticism on Iraq."

HR (Clip): "Democrats believe America must never waiver in our message to the Iraqi people. The president must make it clear to the Iraqis that we will not be there indefinitely."

Comment: "Plenty" is now equal to 1 in Fox land?

The Democrat bashing ended there, and moved onto the President's speech on Iraq from yesterday, before closing with a quick mention that the Democrats want to add 140,000 troops to the military.

Comment: After spending the entire segment attempting to make the Democrats look like they have no real plan, and that their #1 priority is to bash Bush, the viewer was left with NO real information on what the Democrats' plan entails, just as the Republicans would like it to be (and desperately need it to be).

Here are some key points that Fox failed to mention:

"Immediately implement the recommendations of the independent, bipartisan 9/11 Commission including securing national borders, ports, airports and mass transit systems."

"Screen 100 percent of containers and cargo bound for the U.S. in ships or airplanes at the point of origin and safeguard America's nuclear and chemical plants, and food and water supplies."

"Prevent outsourcing of critical components of our national security infrastructure -- such as ports, airports and mass transit -- to foreign interests that put America at risk."

"Protect America from biological terrorism and pandemics, including the Avian flu, by investing in the public health infrastructure and training public health workers."

"Guarantee that our troops have the protective gear, equipment, and training they need and are never sent to war without accurate intelligence and a strategy for success."

"Enact a GI Bill of Rights for the 21st Century that guarantees our troops -- active, reserve, and retired -- our veterans, and their families receive the pay, health care, mental health services, and other benefits they have earned and deserve."

"Secure by 2010 loose nuclear materials that terrorists could use to build nuclear weapons or "dirty bombs."

"Achieve energy independence for America by 2020 by eliminating reliance on oil from the Middle East and other unstable regions of the world."

I would say this agenda is quite different from the Republicans' - which at this point is nothing more than "Stay the course". I guess it would be a safer bet for them (and Fox) to lie about what the Democrats' plan calls for - rather than facing an angry electorate that knows they have not accomplished (or are even truly considering) any of these things.

Video of Special Report Segment: Dem Plan 2

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