FACT CHECK: In fact the White House never supported a plan to cut the combat pay of troops in Iraq. Rather, the Defense Department proposed allowing a temporary pay increase for all troops worldwide (even those not in Iraq or Afghanistan) to expire, and promised to maintain current pay levels for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan with separate pay raises if necessary. A Pentagon budget assessment sent to Congress in July called for letting a temporary combat pay raise enacted earlier that year for troops worldwide expire at the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30. The result would have been a cut of $75 a month in “imminent danger pay” and $150 a month in “family separation allowances.”
A: When you’re evaluating what the effect has been of the Bush administration, you can’t look at Iraq in isolation, because Iraq acts in concert with what’s happening in Afghanistan, what’s happening with the war on terrorism in general, what’s happening with the deterioration of our relationships around the world, all those things go together in order to evaluate what the impact is. I do not believe we are as safe as we can be, that’s what I believe.
A: I think it is not for the Bush administration to get to the bottom of this. It’s actually not for the Congress to get to the bottom of this. The American people, we, need to get to the bottom of this, with an independent commission that looks at -- that will have credibility and that the American people will trust, about why there is this discrepancy about what we were told and what’s actually been found there.
A: If we don’t aggressively go after those cells, which in my judgment means taking that responsibility away from the FBI-- because we know that they’re structurally incapable of doing it because of what we’ve seen happen in the past, the failures that existed before 9/11. They’re a law enforcement agency. They’re not in the business of fighting terrorism, and we’ve seen the problems that exist as a result.
EDWARDS: I know the American people are worried about their safety and security. But we can’t ever forget what it is we’re supposed to be fighting for. And in this effort to protect ourselves and fight our war on terrorism, we cannot allow people like John Ashcroft to take away our rights, our freedom and our liberties. Those things are under assault. After September 11th, it’s much harder to stand up for those things.
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