President Bush attacks moderate Republicans' blocking of "Anti-Terror Bill." He calls on them to "Protect America!"
The House of Representatives' version of the bill is more in line with what the President has asked Congress for. Unfortunately for the American people, the House version is largely rejected by the newly-formed liberal-on-terror Senate Republican triumvirate, whose efforts to hamstring the CIA, Homeland Security and the United States military would deny them the very anti-terrorism interrogation methods they need in order gain actionable intelligence that will help protect our country from wholesale Islamofascist terrorism.
Bottom line, we are seeing here four old politicians, whose experience has been predominantly in old wars and conflicts, trying to set up a wall to block our country's ability to protect itself and grab some of the President's/Executive Branch's war powers and impede his carrying out his duty to protect the American people and the United States of America. They want to take from the President his power to provide fair but effective methods of "trial and interrogation of terror suspects" and prohibit him from continuing the CIA's detainee program.
This new obstructionist wall would be even more dangerous than the wall of separation built by the Clinton administration, which was deliberately constructed to keep our intelligence services and the FBI from communicating with one other---a seriously dangerous action that facillitated the terrorists' suicide bombing of the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon five years ago.
The on-going liberal war to weaken this country by weakening its ability to defend itself and to prosecute war is the most insidious threat facing Americans today. It must be stopped.
An interesting and very telling sidebar to this discussion is the fact that it is also RHINOs---Republicans-in-name-only like Arizona Senator John Mcain and his sidekick, Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina---who are promoting a Senate bill that would grant amnesty to at least 12 million illegal aliens, plus their extended families, and also hamstring the United States in a manner that would prevent it from enforcing its own border and immigration laws. In this effort, they have joined with hard-left liberals such as Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy and the rest of the hard-left in the Senate.
Read about it below and here. There is further information at defenselink.mil/News that more fully explains some of President Bush's views in "Bush: Clear Rules Needed for Detainee Operations." Bush said on Friday that "the pending legislation in Congress about detaining, questioning and trying suspected terrorists will give military intelligence professionals the clarity they need to protect the American people from another terrorist attack... My job and the job of people here in Washington, D.C., is to protect this country. We didn't ask for this war,” he said. “This enemy has struck us, and they want to strike us again. And we'll give our folks the tools necessary to protect the country. That's our job.”"
"President Bush fought back Friday against a Republican revolt in the Senate over tough anti-terror legislation and rejected warnings that the United States had lost the high moral ground to adversaries. "It's flawed logic," he snapped.
Bush urged lawmakers to quickly approve legislation authorizing military tribunals and harsh interrogations of terror suspects in order to shield U.S. personnel from being prosecuted for war crimes under the Geneva Conventions, which set international standards for the treatment of prisoners of war.
Tough interrogations have been instrumental in preventing attacks against the United States, Bush said. "Time's running out" for the legislation, he warned, with Congress set to adjourn in a few weeks.
The president called a Rose Garden news conference to confront a Republican rebellion led by Sens. John Warner of Virginia, John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Susan Collins of Maine.
To the administration's dismay, Colin Powell, Bush's former secretary of state, has joined with the lawmakers. Powell said Bush's plan to redefine the Geneva Conventions would cause the world 'to doubt the moral basis' of the fight against terror and 'put our own troops at risk...'
Bush took vehement exception when asked about Powell's assertion that the world might doubt the moral basis of the fight against terror if lawmakers went along with the administration's proposal to come up with a U.S. interpretation of the Geneva Convention's ban on 'outrages upon personal dignity.'
'If there's any comparison between the compassion and decency of the American people and the terrorist tactics of extremists, it's flawed logic,' Bush said. 'It's just - I simply can't accept that.'
Growing animated, he said, t's unacceptable to think that there's any kind of comparison between the behavior of the United States of America and the action of Islamic extremists who kill innocent women and children to achieve an objective.'
Bush said the Geneva Convention's ban was 'very vague' and required clarification. 'What does that mean, 'outrages upon human dignity?' That's a statement that is wide open to interpretation.'
He said that unless Congress acts, the CIA will end its program of tough interrogation methods that the administration says has prevented attacks. 'So Congress has got a decision to make,' Bush said. 'You want the program to go forward or not? I strongly recommend that this program go forward in order for us to be able to protect America...'"
On other issues, Bush said: He will not meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad next week while both are at the United Nations. The U.S. won't sit down with Iranians until they suspend nuclear enrichment, he said.
He would not have gone as far as House Majority Leader John Boehner of Ohio that Democrats "are more interested in protecting the terrorists than protecting the American people." "I wouldn't exactly put it that way," Bush said. But he said that "there's a difference in attitude" between Republicans and Democrats..."