Biden Outlines Four-Part Plan to Make America Safer

I really don’t know how I feel about Biden’s run for President in ’08. I have a couple of friends who are working for him and they think the world of him – I’m still waiting to see if he plagiarizes anything this time around ;).

But in all seriousness, his speech at the Washington Press Club yesterday is one of the VERY BEST critiques of Bush policy coupled with a solid plan and a different perspective for moving forward. You can read it at the link above starting about a third of the way down the page after the senate gobbledygook. It’s basically in the following four parts:

Part 1: Take back some of the tax cuts for people making over $1 million a year in order to put $10 billion a year ($50 billion over 5 years) into a Homeland Security Trust Fund. The Trust Fund would be dedicated for: implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission; hiring 50,000 new police officers and 1,000 FBI agents; requiring 100 percent cargo container screening at our nation’s sea ports; implementing strict interoperability standards for first responders and providing them with spectrum and equipment to allow them to communicate during emergencies; spurring research, development and deployment of new screening technology at sea and air ports; and investing in our public health system to ensure capacity to respond to biological, chemical, radiological attacks or pandemics.

Part 2: To intercept threats abroad, we need more aggressively securing and destroying ‘loose’ weapons and requiring tougher non-proliferation policies including no-notice, on-site inspections. In addition, improve detection systems to prevent materials of mass destruction from transiting the globe, seek new laws to seize suspect cargoes on the high seas and in international air space and help partner countries build up their own capacity to detect, disrupt and destroy extremist networks.

Part 3: Instead of alienating partners, work with them to build a cooperative, international anti-terror network of like-minded countries. Forge new alliances of law enforcement, intelligence and financial officials to uproot terrorists abroad and limit their access to financial resources.

Part 4: Put more emphasis on building the institutions of democracy: political parties, independent media and judicial systems, non-governmental organizations, secular education, labor unions and civil society.

Making America Safer

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  • Yeah…I like his speech to the Washington Press Club better than his plan on its own.

    The plan would be better (can anyone see this coming?) if it didn’t start with blatant pandering to the Democratic class warfare nonsense, but it’s so obvious it doesn’t even warrant an argument except maybe in a separate post.

    The other three points are fine, though, and although I’d love to see more details…like I’ve said before, he’s the first Democrat to have anything resembling a plan so I find that impressive.

    I also like the fact that he at least acknowledges that it is indeed a war, but not a war on terror but on a certain ideology. I appreciate that distinction because I’m sick and tired of hearing people saying that the other side of the aisle is just using scare tactics.

    I believe Newt Gingrich’s assessment (Wall Street Journal today) that we could be approaching WWIII, and I don’t think that Bush and Cheney are just “using scare tactics”. However, I agree that it’s not a “war on terror” as much as it is a war against Islamic Fascism. It’s not the first time, either. Islamic Extremists took the side of Fascism in WWI, and WWII; there’s no reason to believe this would be any different.

    There are a couple of points in his speech I disagree with (Afghanistan the central war? and the comment that we’re acting alone…which apparently translates as “without France and Germany”) but overall I believe it’s an honest speech which addresses a lot of issues well.

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