Pete Coors on Homeland Security
2004 former Republican Senate Challenger (CO)
COORS: But Coors responded that the US had no plan to bring troops home when it went into World War II. He also said that while Americans don’t feel as secure as they did four years ago, they feel more secure than they did last year. “We’ll never have perfect security in the US,” he added.
SALAZAR: Salazar said that wasn’t good enough. “I believe we have not done enough, we have not acted with a sense of urgency. before 9/11 or after,” he said, referring to reports that warned of terrorist attacks before the World Trade Center and Pentagon were hit. Salazar also said the reforms recommended by the 9/11 Commission should be implemented immediately.
A: Clearly, we should be more worried today, actually, about Iran and North Korea than we are about Iraq, based on weapons of mass destruction. But I think that the conditions change on an ongoing basis, and we must look at the facts that we have before us at the time we make a decision.
A: Bush made a very persuasive case to the American public, and if there’s a gun that’s pointed at one of my children, we ought to take action and essentially that was the presentation that was made by the president to the American people. And, today, we know that there were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and what we ought to be doing is learning from the mistakes that have been made and also looking forward to what we ought to do in Iraq to try to stabilize the country. The most important thing we ought to be looking at is why we have such massive intelligence failures in our country. We had massive intelligence failures before 9/11 and before going into Iraq, and yet I haven’t seen one person being held accountable. Creating a director of intelligence and doing all the rest of the things that we need to do in order to have the right intelligence in our country I think is imperative for us.
A: When I talk about appeasement [I mean] as he aligns himself with Senator Kerry, who has consistently said we should have had more of an effort to get a coalition. “We should have, we should have, we should have.” It’s a campaign of hopes and wishes. Frankly, I haven’t heard yet Salazar’s plan to get people into a coalition who have been working with the enemy. We were attacked on 9/11. This country was attacked; 3,000 people were incinerated. We have an enemy that, if they could have killed 300,000 or three million, would have had no more remorse. I think it takes strong, bold action. I think that’s what Bush did, and I support that action.
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