Bob Barr on War & Peace
Libertarian nominee for President; Former Republican Representative (GA-7)
Ending the occupation obviously is important to the Iraqi people, who have been protesting reports that the Bush administration is seeking more than 50 permanent bases. “And ending the occupation is important to the American people, who are spending $3 billion a week and losing soldiers daily in the midst of factional fighting in Iraq,“ Barr insists.
Barr says. ”We need a quality military focused on defending American sovereignty, liberties, and interests, backed by accurate intelligence, and ready to strike decisively against genuine threats. We should not be occupying other nations and attempting to build other societies, whether into our image or anyone else’s,“ he added.
“Why is it necessary to rush this through?” asked Rep. Robert Barr. “Does it have anything to do with the fact that the department has [unsuccessfully] sought many of these authorities on numerous other occasions, and now seeks to take advantage of what is obviously an emergency situation to obtain authorities that it has been unable to obtain previously?“
Ashcroft said the administration wants Congress to act now on its ”modest set of proposals“ in light of what he said was the very real possibility that terrorists are planning additional attacks.”Each day that so passes is a day that terrorists have an advantage,“ Ashcroft said. ”We are today sending our troops into the modern field of battle with antique weapons.
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