News from the Democratic National Committee:
Washington, DC - With President Bush's foreign policy blunders becoming clearer with each day, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld again engaged in partisan political attacks today at the American Legion national convention in Salt Lake City, despite a promise by the Commander-in-Chief that the White House would not question the patriotism of their opponents.
"There is a lesson of history that clearly the Bush Administration and his political henchmen haven't learned: tell the truth and face the facts," said Democratic National Committee Communications Director Karen Finney. "The truth is that under Republican watch, five years after 9/11, our nation is neither safer nor better prepared because of the blunders of the Bush Administration. Let's look at the facts: Iraq is sliding into civil war, Iran and North Korea are growing nuclear threats, the Taliban is resurging in Afghanistan, Osama Bin Laden is still on the loose, and it appears that Al Qaeda has moved to a new location in northwest Pakistan. And, gaps still remain in our security right here at home.
"Given that a majority of Americans trust Democrats over Republicans to handle the war on terror and the war in Iraq, it's not surprising that the President's political henchmen are campaigning on fear, falsely attacking Democrats to distort and distract from the facts. And, the fact is that President Bush and his Administration have only their own incompetence to blame for these blunders.
"Democrats have been fighting for a defense policy that is both tough and smart. That means tracking down terrorists, providing our troops and agencies with the tools they need to stop future attacks, implementing the 9/11 Commission recommendations to close the gaps in our security, and properly equipping our National Guard."
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