Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The Terrorism Index

Gathering the views of former government officials and other experts, both Democrat and Republican, some facinating information in the War on Terror emerges at Foreign Policy.com.

Some snippets from the article:

"These pessimistic public perceptions could easily be attributed to the high cost, in both treasure and lives, of counterterrorism efforts. After all, Americans are constantly being told by their elected leaders that their pessimism is wrong, that the war is being won. But they’re also told that another attack is inevitable. Which is it?
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"Despite today’s highly politicized national security environment, the index results show striking consensus across political party lines. A bipartisan majority (84 percent) of the index’s experts say the United States is not winning the war on terror. Eighty-six percent of the index’s experts see a world today that is growing more dangerous for Americans. Overall, they agree that the U.S. government is falling short in its homeland security efforts. More than 8 in 10 expect an attack on the scale of 9/11 within a decade. These dark conclusions appear to stem from the experts’ belief that the U.S. national security apparatus is in serious disrepair. “Foreign-policy experts have never been in so much agreement about an administration’s performance abroad,” says Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and an index participant. “The reason is that it’s clear to nearly all that Bush and his team have had a totally unrealistic view of what they can accomplish with military force and threats of force."

Is the Military response the only plan we are constantly reinforcing?

How is the U.S. doing a rebuilding the infrastructure of Iraq? Given the promises of funding reconstruction via a renewed oil economy in Iraq, information shows little has been accomplished.

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We installed a third of a billion dollars' worth of combustion turbines that can't be fueled."

2 comments:

  1. OXYMORON6:51 PM

    "We installed a third of a billion dollars' worth of combustion turbines that can't be fueled."

    Yea, but some Republican crony went, "ka ching!!" And we know what really matters.

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  2. just some pocket change in today's world, where millionaires are the poor, and less than millionaires the ... maybe the idiot taxpayers and voters who pretend to be a part of an imaginary system of representation ....?
    jes' askin' ....

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