Barack Obama and Dick Blumenthal's so called "terrorism" strategy has cost too many Americans their lives, and has made America and Americans, both at home and abroad, more vulnerable than ever before. Our approach must be nimble, smart and relentless. Dick Blumenthal was absent without leave as Obama cut our troop levels and gutted our Navy.
Blumenthal said he opposed the GOP-crafted bill because it would have provided the Department of Veterans Affairs about $1.2 billion less than President Obama had asked for. "Unfortunately, even as our veterans too often wait too long for the health care they need and deserve, this Republican bill slashes necessary funding required to solve daunting problems, instead taking from those who already have given so much to our country and committing a serious breach of faith with those who served," Blumenthal said.
Today, the pledge we should take together is simple: Connecticut can and will end homelessness for veterans by the end of 2015. That's a pledge President Obama made for America, and it's a pledge we must embrace.
My budget proposal includes funding for a new security deposit assistance program to help veterans get over that first hurdle to finding a home. It funds the hiring of job placement specialists trained in understanding the challenges--and the opportunities--unique to veterans. And it sets aside $500 thousand to support a review of existing state facilities so that we can put them to their best use for Connecticut's Veterans.
The spirit of our people is also exemplified by the ongoing service and sacrifice of all of our active duty servicemen and women, and our veterans who have made our nation strong. Thank you for your unyielding dedication to our freedom.
Foley promises to appoint a "new veteran- friendly Commissioner of Veterans Affairs." In a postscript, Foley adds, "Veterans are people of action. Take action today and help me with a contribution."
Foley's appeal to vets is drawing fire from Democrats. Said a spokesman for the Connecticut Democrats, "Comparing his time as a civilian bureaucrat to the service of soldiers in Iraq, who put their lives on the line every day, is more offensive and erratic behavior from Tom Foley."
Foley didn't equate his service with that of soldiers, but he opened his pitch to veterans by saying he served "alongside" them: "I was proud to serve in Iraq as a civilian in 2003 and 2004 alongside those of you who deployed when the nation called." Foley said the Democrats were trying to invent controversy.
Blumenthal said he was proud of his military record in the Marine Corps Reserves but on a few occasions out of hundreds of public speeches, he said he served in Vietnam. "I apologize as I have done before to the people of Connecticut, most particularly to our veterans, and I will continue to champion the cause of veterans," he said.
McMAHON: Both. The terrorists only need to succeed once, while we must get it right every single time.
BLUMENTHAL: While I am thankful that there has not been a successful attack on American shores since 9/11/2001, real threats remain. It is therefore vital that we use both military and non-military methods to target and attack the terrorists where they are. This includes targeting Al Qaeda's organizations in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen as well as its affiliates like Al-Shabaab in Somalia. At the same time, we must do more at home to remedy the unacceptable flaws exposed in our homeland security, by improving information sharing, bringing together the best technology and the most effective management strategies to get people working across agencies, and to engage the private sector to collect, understand, and mobilize information in real time to improve our national security.
The Bush administration felt its way and pushed the envelope, and the Supreme Court last week, in what I thought was an extraordinary decision in the best tradition of America, said, Mr. President, no one in this country is above the law, not even the president in a time of war. That was the right decision, and now the president will have to do what he should have done earlier, come to Congress and negotiate a legal way to treat the detainees at Guantanamo.
Please understand that there’s nothing in that court decision that orders us to release those detainees. They are dangerous. And the last thing we want to do is release them.
A: We have a president who is acting as if he is above the law right now. Look at what Guantanamo, look at what Haditha, look at what Abu Ghraib has done to the moral authority of the US. We are a much stronger country when we are true to our values, a much stronger country when it comes to the war on terror when we’re true to what we stand for, and we’ve compromised a lot of that over the last few years, and that weakens our country. I look at the illegal wiretaps. I thought that was a time that Democrats should have stood up and held the president accountable [with censure]. I think we should have said that was wrong.
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