On the side­lines, with fin­gers pointed

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Since Septem­ber 11, Democrats have en­joyed the lux­ury of not hav­ing to of­fer a com­pre­hen­sive al­ter­na­tive to Pres­i­dent Bush’s coun­tert­er­ror­ism plan. In­stead, they have done lit­tle but crit­i­cize, loudly and vig­or­ously. Us­ing that crit­i­cism as a base, it is now pos­si­ble to dis­cern the Demo­crat strat­egy to de­feat al Qaeda and de­fend west­ern civ­i­liza­tion:

Re­voke the Pa­triot Act and get rid of wire­taps on in­com­ing ter­ror­ist calls from over­seas.

Shut down Guan­tanamo and give for­eign ter­ror­ists the pro­tec­tion of our Bill of Rights.

Call our mil­i­tary lead­er­ship in­com­pe­tent and our troops mur­der­ers, Nazis, and tor­tur­ers.

Sup­port a com­pre­hen­sive im­mi­gra­tion plan that would leave our por­ous south­ern border open to ter­ror­ist in­fil­tra­tion.

Cut and run from Iraq, the front lines of the War on Ter­ror. And the crown jewel:

De­feat an amend­ment to pro­vide pro­tec­tion from law­suits for any Amer­i­can cit­i­zen who re­ports sus­pi­cious, per­haps ter­ror­ist, ac­tiv­i­ties to au­thor­i­ties.

If only Al Gore or John Kerry and their cronies had won, al Qaeda would have been van­quished, our troops would have been home safe and sound, and New Or­leans and Kansas would have been com­pletely re­built. J. V. Fitzsim­mons Hick­ory, North Carolina

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