Kit Bond Stands Down the Nutroots and Liberal Media
Somewhere in a beautiful fairyland far, far away…
Violent thugs and murdering Islamic terrorists are appeased with a smile, an encouraging word, and a plate of chocolate chip cookies…
But, back in the real world, the good Senator Kit Bond (R-MO) blasted the wacky New York Times for suggesting that the United States is not safer today than when the Taliban was ruling Afghanistan, al-Qaeda was running terror training camps in Iraq and Afghanistan, Libya was developing nukes, terrorists were free to travel and free to accept funding from the West, 18 of 25 top Al Qaeda members were still alive and caves were not the preferred dwelling of Osama Bin Laden.
Kit Bond responds to the NY Times wackiness:
To the Editor:
Re “Same People, Same Threat” (news analysis, front page, July 18):
Your news analysis asks, “Are we safer?” The answer is emphatically yes. Our efforts to combat terrorism worldwide have prevented Al Qaeda from attacking the United States since Sept. 11, 2001, and have disrupted known terrorist plots to carry out further attacks on American soil.
In addition, other terrorist groups now perceive the United States as a harder target to strike. This means that the hard work of our men and women in the military, our intelligence services and our first responders has paid off.
It is clear that if we abandon Iraq as some want us to do right now, Al Qaeda will establish a safe haven there. This would give terrorists the resources of the petroleum-rich country to finance their operations, significantly increasing the threat of future attacks on the United States.
While I agree that we had the wrong plan for three years, we now have the right one, and the right man to lead it. The proper conclusion to be drawn from the N.I.E. findings is that Congress and the American people must remain vigilant and committed to the war on terror and its central front in Iraq.
(Senator) Kit Bond
Washington, July 19, 2007
The writer is vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.