Will the Global War on Islamofascism Impact the 2006 Elections?
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The Global War on Islamofascism (GWOI) and the real threat it poses to the United States, Britain and other allies is before all of us today.
All necessary steps must be taken to thwart these attacks and provide for the common defense of the United States.
It seems that in the 20th and 21st century, a sitting war time President and the party in control of Congress have not been defeated by voters, perhaps indicating voters are reluctant to switch horses mid stream.
During the GWOI in 2004, plots were thwarted and Osama bin Laden appeared on video rattling his saber days before the election. Voters expressed confidence in President Bush and the Republicans who retained and expanded their majority in Congress arguably because because of their support for an aggressive stance against the GWOI and because of the palpable threat.
The imminent threat we face is clearly seen through today's events and President Bush spoke unambigously about his unequivocal support of continued strong defense of the United States...just as President Reagan did during the Cold War.
With the victory of Ned Lamont and the cheers by his supporters of "bring them home" fresh in our minds, the differences between how the Republicans and Democrats want to wage the GWOI are obvious. Perhaps Senate Minority Harry Reid and Senators Clinton, Schumer and Kerry endorsed Lamont too soon?
More differences can be seen in the strong statements released by Congressman Jeb Hensaring R-TX here and Senator Mitch McConnell here, and the tepid statement of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi that you can read here.
The statements by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and Senator John Kerry are quite predictable and no better than Pelosi's.
Not a word about the thwarted terrorist attack by Senators Clinton or Schumer. Their silence is defeaning.
In fact, here is the latest news on their websites: Clinton talks about a $150,000 grant. As for Schumer? While the British are describing the Al Qaeda-like attack as a plot to commit "mass murder," he's stranded at Heathrow and the only thing he can do is to compare the Heathrow shuttle to the D train in Brooklyn and spiritlessly says: "The British are very good at these kind of crises, you know, a stiff upper lip, very helpful, but they don't seem to have much information."
*Note to Senators Clinton and Schumer: Governor Pataki and Mayor Bloomberg have made public statements.
The Democrats seem to be reluctant, averse or unable to unambiguously outline a sound policy that will take such threats head on.
With the threat of imminent attacks real, the non-responses and the tepid responses from the leaders of the Democratic Party, not to mention their infighting over the GWOI, voters may be very reluctant again to switch horses mid stream in 2006.