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The Tally Ho

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

On Drudge: Cheney & Ridge

These are two of the top stories on the Drudge Report. First, this yahoo article by Katherine Pfleger Shrader. In it she writes:
WASHINGTON - Terrorists still hope to disrupt the U.S. democratic process even though the presidential nominating conventions and other high-profile gatherings this summer went off without incident, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Tuesday.

Threat reporting over the last several months has been "consistent, general and credible" and indicated the al-Qaida network is trying to push ahead with its plans, Ridge said.

Although large events this summer were not attacked, he said, "that in no way diminishes the level of vigilance, awareness and concern that we have during this entire process."

Ridge commented during a morning visit to the National Targeting Center in Northern Virginia. Operated by the Customs and Border Protection agency, the center secures the nation's borders and ports with a focus on keeping terrorists and their weapons out of the country.

Here is the last paragraph
Asked whether an attack could come to a school here, Ridge said parents have had to consider school safety long before 9/11, given tragic events, such as Columbine, that did not involve international terror. Should there be lessons learned overseas, "If we can apply them to making America more secure, we will," Ridge said.

Now for Cheney's comments from myway's Amy Lorentzen:
"It's absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice, because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States," Cheney told about 350 supporters at a town-hall meeting in this Iowa city.

If Kerry were elected, Cheney said the nation risks falling back into a "pre-9/11 mind-set" that terrorist attacks are criminal acts that require a reactive approach. Instead, he said Bush's offensive approach works to root out terrorists where they plan and train, and pressure countries that harbor terrorists.

Oh, I get it... Exploit voters fears and anxieties. Then Cheney supposedly used Afghanistan as a model of success...


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