Former NYC Mayor RUDY GIULIANI: You have to go where the evidence takes you. Profiling is perfectly legal and perfectly legitimate if you're following objective evidence. Unfortunately, a significant number of these attacks come about from this distorted Islamic extremist ideology. So you can't ignore it. You've got to go after it.
REP. TOM COTTON: The mayor makes the core point: that jihadists around the world don't attack us for the actions we take, they attack us for who we are. We are freedom's home, and we are freedom's defender. It didn't take Guantanamo Bay, it didn't take drones, to knock down those towers on 9-11. If we grounded every drone, if we close Guantanamo Bay, they'd find another pretext to attack us.
COTTON: The Iraq war wasn't just a noble war. I joined the army after 9/11, after the Iraq war was started. I joined in part because I wanted to go fight on the front lines. After the surge, I felt that we succeeded. And we have a generation of veterans whose accomplishments in Iraq we should celebrate; and now who are going to be leaders all around the country. We're going to make America a better place.
Q: Was it worth it to the lives that were lost there? Was it worth it with the trillions of dollars that we've spent there?
COTTON: I would say it was worth it, but it was also a little bit too soon to tell because there's nothing ever certain in human affairs. But if you look at the accomplishment of our troops in Iraq, they deposed an evil tyrant who was an aggressive international dictator. He had demonstrated the ability and the will to use weapons of mass destruction. Under those conditions, it was a just and noble war.
Q: Do you support increasing military assistance for Afghanistan?
Q: Should the US support the creation of a Palestinian state?
Q: Do you support increasing sanctions on Iran if it continues to defy United Nations mandates?
Q: Do you support the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq?
Q: Do you support US involvement in free trade agreements?
Roberts said Slattery’s charges are inaccurate: “Since it’s not accurate and he knows it, it’s not responsible.”
Experts in national defense and foreign policy think Slattery makes a valid point, although they question a second charge that Roberts failed to inform the American people prior to the war in 2003 that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein had no role in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Roberts stands by the committee’s work and its reforms of the intelligence network. “We had an egregious intelligence failure in the United States, and it was worldwide... and the reason now that my opponent even knows that there was bad intelligence and America knows it and everybody knows it... was because of the work that I led,” he said.
Roberts’ panel finished its work in June, long after interest faded and even 18 months after Democrats seized control of the Senate. Many think the committee dragged its feet.
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Justice: Mayor Rocky Anderson(UT)
Constitution: Rep.Virgil Goode(VA)
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Reform Party: André Barnett(NY)
AmericansElect: Gov.Buddy Roemer(LA)
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