Senate Democrats

REID: BUSH NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY MORE OF THE SAME DANGEROUS INCOMPETENCE

Washington, DCSenate Democratic Leader Harry Reid released the following statement on today’s release of the Bush Administration’s long-overdue National Security Strategy.

“Although the Bush Administration’s National Security Strategy issued today was long overdue, a close reading proves it was not worth the wait. While the new strategy injects rhetoric reminiscent of Clinton-era policies, unfortunately, the details of the Administration’s new strategy shows it has failed to learn from its mistakes.

“For example, the strategy ignores the lessons of Iraq by making preemptive war a centerpiece, and fails to note that Iraq has become something it was not before the war: a training ground and launching pad for international terrorism. The document glosses over the fact that under the Bush Administration’s watch, North Korea has likely quadrupled its nuclear weapons capability, international terror attacks are on the rise, and the U.S. homeland is still dangerously unprotected, as we saw in the recent Dubai ports fiasco.

“The new Strategy also ignores threats to U.S. national security from our current flawed trade and economic policies. The President argues that free trade agreements and unregulated capital flows advance U.S. national security. Yet, the President fails to discuss the threats to U.S. security from the erosion of the domestic manufacturing base, our increasing reliance on foreign production to meet U.S. military needs, and our need to borrow massive amounts of money from foreign governments to prop up our current trade and economic policies. I fear that the President is confusing special interests with U.S. national security interests.

“We need a strategy that truly protects America from terror, rebuilds and respects our military, and restores our leadership and moral standing in the world. We don’t need more tough talk from the Administration. We need smart policies. Regrettably, this strategy does not advance these goals.”

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