"The U.S. is spending too much on missile defense and too little on intelligence
and fighting terrorism.
The culprit is likely Osama Bin Laden -- and a missile defense system won't stop him."
*** Former National Security Advisor Anthony Lake ***
Instead of blowing billions of dollars on an unproven technology aimed at non-existent threats from the so-called rogue nations, the administration should be developing a sensible, practical strategy to combat the REAL threats like this, closer to earth than the missiles and updating the human intelligence factor. With the current technology, those nations should be launching
missiles with 'come, get me' beacons attached to them.
of Sept. 11 Victims
What Bush Knew before Sept.11
FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists
"The Department of Defense, where cold war status quo thinking has persevered, has not prepared for a war against terrorism and has built weapons systems ill-suited to the conduct of such a war. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been far more concerned with the phantom menace of rogue state missiles than with the concept of maneuver warfare required to counter terrorism, demanding trenchant intelligence analysis."
*** Melvin A. Goodman ***
On the Lighter Side
twin lights memorial rises above the New York City skyline from the waterfront in Jersey City, N.J., Monday, March 11, 2002, the six-month
date of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. The two light beams are a temporary memorial that will light up every evening till April 13. (AP Photo/Mike Derer)
"Clinton's advisors met nearly weekly on how to stop bin Laden ...
I didn't detect that kind of focus from the Bush adminsitration."
Two Star General Donald Kerrick
"I don't believe any longer that it's a matter of connecting the dots.
I think they had a veritable blueprint and we want to know why they didn't act on it."
Senator Arlen Specter (R-pa)
"Of course Bush knew about the impending attacks on America . He did nothing to warn the American people, because he needed this war on terrorism. His daddy had Saddam and he needed Osama. His presidency was going nowhere. He wasn't elected by the American people, but placed in the Oval Office by the conservative Supreme Court; the economy was sliding into the usual Republican pits and he needed something to hang his presidency on. This guy is a joke. His silence was sleazy and contemptible."
Lt.Colonel Steve Butler
What Bush Knew
Bill Clinton's anti-terrorism measures
Lt.Col.Steve Butler's Letter