Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Statement from Kerry National Security Advisor Rand Beers on Missile Defense

In response to President Bush's remarks in Pennsylvania today, Rand Beers, Kerry National Security advisor issued the following statement:

"Despite this administration's near obsession with missile defense, the greatest threat facing our homeland comes from terrorists who would do us harm. In the months preceding 9/11 George W. Bush and his closest advisors were preoccupied with missile defense and their misunderstanding about the threats we face continues to this day."

"John Kerry believes an effective missile defense is crucial to our national security strategy. But John Kerry also understands the importance of facing our most pressing national security threats while continuing to develop and deploy a national missile defense which we know will work."


Blogger Dominic Arnone said...

I think this is one of the most important misconceptions to point out. If the Republicans keep focusing on "Star Wars", they're going to lose sight of the unconventional war on terror that they say we're fighting.

I publish a blog myself at http://thelefthand.blogspot.com , and I wrote about this very issue today.

If they want to label Kerry a "flip-flopper", let's start labeling Bush a "Space Cadet." He needs to get his head out of the vacuum of space, and remember that September 11th couldn't have been stopped with a missle defense shield. There are much more pressing issues for us to deal with right now than rogue nations firing missles at us. A form of warfare that we were never confronted with in the entire 20th century, despite the threat being much more imminent.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to utopiafourteen's post, the same argument could have been made on 9/10/01 -- that it would be ridiculous to put measures in place to keep someone from crashing planes into buildings just because it hasn't ever happened or it wasn't the most pressing security issue we were facing. The very inability to think forward is what let 9/11 happen. I'd love to hear what tune you'd be singing after N. Korea lobs a couple nukes into your backyard.

10:51 AM  

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