Thursday, August 25, 2005

Pelosi and Reid on Nuclear Terrorism

Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have an op-ed in USA Today criticizing Bush on failing to respond to problems of nuclear terrorism:

The president sent us into war with Iraq under the justification of capturing Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, but as we all now know, no such weapons were found. But in the places where we know these weapons can be found, the administration’s policy has been one of “hands off” and “it’s someone else’s problem.” With a gathering storm around us, the report, written by former Defense secretary William Perry and other national security experts, details that the administration has done far too little to confront this clear and present threat.

The administration has allowed a situation where both terrorists such as Osama bin Laden and the nuclear materials they seek are on the loose. It is only a matter of time before they find one another. The reality of this peril is not fiction.

Al-Qaeda’s captured operations chief has told interrogators that the terrorist network has the ability to obtain nuclear material. Bin Laden has obtained a fatwa from a Saudi cleric providing a justification for the murder of 10 million American “infidels” with a nuclear weapon. And CIA Director Porter Goss has testified that al-Qaeda might already possess radioactive material.

The article includes their recommendations for responding to the problem.


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