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Next time you hear the prez or the GOP saying they're trying to make America safer...

...remember that it's more talk than walk. Washington has been more interested in politics, power and propaganda than in real solutions and real action to help improve the government's ability to genuinely protect and defend our nation (as opposed to pre-emptively invading a nation with no direct links to 9/11 and creating an environment that spawns many-fold more terrorists). Members of the commission empaneled to investigate the failures and shortcomings that led up to the terrorist attacks on 9/11 give our nation's leaders dismal grades for progress (or lack thereof) in the time since, according to an article by the Associated Press:
More than four years after the Sept. 11 attacks, U.S. intelligence agencies still are failing to share information while Congress battles over security funding, a panel that investigated the terrorist hijackings will conclude in a new report.

In interviews Friday, members of the former Sept. 11 commission said the government should receive a dismal grade for its lack of urgency in enacting strong security measures to prevent terror attacks. [...]

"Before 9-11, both the Clinton and Bush administrations said they had identified Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida as problems that have to be dealt with, and were working on it," Kean said. "But they just were not very high on their priority list. And again it seems that the safety of the American people is not very high on Washington's priority list."

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Look in the column to the right for the most current tally of Iraq costs; as of the time of this post, we've spent a quarter of a trillion dollars on a war that was not necessary (and proven to be started on false pretenses). Imagine what could have been accomplished had we applied that money toward actually improving our national security and intelligence capabilities. The 9/11 panel gives the government poor grades. I say they have utterly failed this nation. Four years into the War on Terror, we are no more secure — in fact, in my opinion, we are now less secure. What's more is that we are a nation motivated and manipulated by fear. The War on Terror is a fallacy. It gives some people the false belief that we are doing something about it. It's unwinnable, especially in the way we are fighting it. Bin Laden and al-Qaida have already won — they've gotten the holy war they were looking for by our own making in Iraq; they've shattered the image of America as an invulnerable, unshakeable stalwart nation; and they've changed the way Americans live. So the next time you hear the president, the vice president or some other GOP mouthpiece talk about how they are making America safer with their policies (especially their unjustified Iraq War), remember that they are failing us in the areas that matter most.

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