TITLE

The 9/10 President

AUTHOR(S)
Chait, Jonathan
PUB. DATE
March 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;3/10/2003, Vol. 228 Issue 9, p18
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Reports that, through passivity or, more often, active opposition, United States President George W. Bush has repeatedly stifled efforts to strengthen domestic safeguards against further terrorist attacks. As a consequence, homeland security remains perilously deficient. Bush vetoed several specific (and relatively cost-effective) measures proposed by Congress that would have addressed critical national vulnerabilities. Bush's record on homeland security ought to be considered a scandal. The notion of a once-unsteady Bush transformed by September 11 is also a central theme of the president's supporters. the most striking thing about the Bush administration's behavior in this new era is the degree to which the president has clung to his pre-September 11 priorities--foremost among them, slashing taxes--even to the detriment of girding the nation against terrorism. The disturbing truth is that Bush's domestic agenda has not only made the nation less prosperous and less fair, it has also made it less safe. The list of improvements Bush declined to fund for nuclear facilities in the U.S. included more secure barriers and fences, computer improvements to defend against hackers, equipment to detect explosives in packages and vehicles entering department sites, and a reduction in the overall number of sites that store bomb-grade plutonium and uranium.
ACCESSION #
9197696

 

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