Tuesday, September 9, 2008

"We are still dangerously vulnerable."

Lee Hamilton is at it again, this time co-chairing the bipartisan Partnership of a Secure America, a commission designed to evaluate U.S. efforts concerning terrorism prevention and national security. Their findings?
"The threat of a new major terrorist attack on the United States is still very real," Hamilton, Rudman and former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, R, chairman of the 9/11 Commission, wrote in the report's introduction. A nuclear, chemical or biological weapon in the hands of terrorists was "the single greatest threat to our nation," they said, and concluded, "We are still dangerously vulnerable."
More specifically:
Overall grade C
Preventing nuclear terrorism C
Cooperative nonproliferation and counterproliferation C+
Detecting and interdicting weapons and materials B
Integrating U.S. programs D
Sustaining programs D
Preventing chemical terrorism B-
Recognizing and preventing chemical terrorism threat C-
Detection and mitigation B
Protecting critical infrastructure C+
Demilitarizing chemical weapons B
Preventing biological terrorism C-
Denying access to bioterrorism agents B
Detecting covert bioterrorism preparations C-
Law enforcement interdiction B-
Establishing international cooperation D+
New vaccines and drugs C-
Global public health preparedness and response B
Just to state the obvious, this is telling news and the republican camp, who has built their campaign around ideas of national security from the outset, should be forced to confront this report's findings. Moreover Obama needs to continue calling McCain out on his Bush man-crush, because pinning him to the current failed administration will go a long way to help crumble McCain's self-proclaimed lock on the "strong leader" category. 

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