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Cheney says US needs missile defense

March 12, 2008
By TOM RAUM, Associated Press Writer 

WASHINGTON – Borrowing a theme from the presidential contest, Vice President Dick Cheney said Tuesday that the possibility of a 3 a.m. emergency call to the White House is all the more reason for the next commander in chief to follow through on President Bush‘s plans for a national missile defense.

Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at a Heritage Foundation Dinner ...
Vice President Dick Cheney speaks at a Heritage Foundation Dinner commemorating the 25th Anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative Proposal on Tuesday, March 11, 2008, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)


“It’s plain to see that the world around us gives ample reason to continue working on missile defense,” Cheney told the conservative Heritage Foundation at a dinner recognizing the 25th anniversary of President Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative, a proposed network of rockets capable of shooting down incoming intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Bush has set in motion a more modest version of Reagan’s original plan.

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President Bush Discusses Global War on Terror

November 1, 2007

This is the text of the President’s speech before the Heritage Foundation on Thurdsay, November 1, 2007:

12:47 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Ed, thanks. Thanks for the kind introduction. I’m looking forward to working with you for the next 14 months — but you better put on your running shoes, because my spirits are high, my energy level is good and I’m sprinting to the finish line. (Applause.)

I congratulate you on your 30th anniversary as President — (laughter.) No such thing as term limits here. (Laughter.) And rightly so, because Ed is a person who has taken the conservative movement from one that used to meet in a phone booth here in Washington — (laughter) — to a robust group of folks who are shaping policy in Washington, D.C. As a matter of fact, you’ve got a little bigger phone booth these days than you did 30 years ago. (Laughter.)

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Bush to Dems: Denial of war is dangerous

November 1, 2007

By JENNIFER LOVEN, Associated Press Writer 14 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – President Bush compared Congress’ Democratic leaders Thursday to people who ignored the rise of Lenin and Hitler early in the last century, saying “the world paid a terrible price” then and risks similar consequences for inaction today.

Bush accused Congress of stalling important pieces of the fight to prevent new terrorist attacks by: dragging out and possibly jeopardizing confirmation of Michael Mukasey as attorney general, a key part of his national security team; failing to act on a bill governing eavesdropping on terrorist suspects; and moving too slowly to approve spending measures for the Iraq war, Pentagon and veterans programs.

“Unfortunately, on too many issues, some in Congress are behaving as if America is not at war,” Bush said during a speech at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. “This is no time for Congress to weaken ….

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“Shrink-Rap”: China Cuts Role of “Stooges”

August 11, 2007

By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
August 11, 2007

China’s President Hu Jintao has announced that the role and authority of local government communist bosses will be reduced in light of the many scandals Beijing was forced to handle this year.

A China watcher who once served at the Heritage Foundation, a noted conservative think tank, told us on Friday, “What you at Peace and Freedom have so rightly dubbed the “stooges” are both taking the ‘rap’ and being forced to ‘shrink’ in light of all this pre-Olympic controversy. You can call this Chinese-style ‘shrink wrap’ but please do not quote me by name. This isn’t politically correct.”

The Wall Street Journal reported in Friday’s editions that, “Provincial and city governments in China have for decades had broad freedom to run their own affairs, as long as they delivered economic expansion and kept social conflict in check.”

“Yet too often, critic say, that focus on growth has led local authorities to turn a blind eye to violations of safety, labor and environmental standards.”

Earlier this year, when it became apparent that the environmental goals for reducing pollution that the central government in Beijing had pledged to the U.N. it would achieve were being completely ignored by local governments and businesses, the central communist rulers in Beijing threatened local government functionaries.

Also earlier this year, China ordered local authorities to address the root causes of rising public discontent, state media reported, in an apparent sign of growing concern over social stability.

Local officials were told they will be denied promotions unless they minimize social unrest in their areas, Xinhua news agency quoted a top Community Party official as saying.

“Officials who perform poorly in maintaining social stability in rural areas will not be qualified for promotion,” it quoted Ouyang Song, a senior party official in charge of personnel matters, as saying.

Beijing blamed inept local communist party officials for illicit CD factories, air and water pollution, and rioting over the “one child” policy near Hong Kong.

One local party official told me, “We are the whipping boys” for Beijing. “Beijing will not take responsibility in front of the west, but they will shift the blame on to us, poor education and other policy problems.”

Now, today we learn Beijing is yanking some of the autonomy away from those local and loyal communist bureaucrats.

Andrew Batson wrote in Friday’s Wall Street Journal, “Having made sweeping public commitment to China’s 1.3 billion people to improve living standards and equality, the government needs to make sure it can keep its word.”

Xu Shaoshi, China’s Minister of Land and Resources, said, “This is a major test of our strength and credibility.”

Many China watchers believe that reducing some of the authority and autonomy of what we at Peace and Freedom have called the “stooges,” and vesting more authority in the central Beijing government is essential.

“On health, on education on many other things, the central government has to play a larger role,” said Khalid Malik, head of the United Nations Development Program in China.

But there may be a downside, too, as so many decisions already have to percolate to the top of China’s government for policy direction and control. Earlier this year we here at Peace and Freedom wrote, “The fact is, too many issues have to be cleared up at the very top of China’s government.”

We also wrote, in our column now referred to as “Stooges,” (“China’s Worthless Stooges,” August 9, 2007) “So we stand by our not-so-politically-correct assertions. Below the elite in China the government is largely run by worthless stooges. Many (even most) are immature, naïve, and not very worldly.”

Now the “stooges” face “shrink rap.”

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China’s Worthless Stooges

Iran-arms importers captured in Iraq

July 28, 2007

By Sara A. Carter
The Washington Times
July 28, 2007

Four terrorists linked to an Iranian smuggling operation — responsible for targeting coalition forces with powerful bombs — were captured yesterday in Iraq, according to Defense Department officials.

The announcement came as U.S. officials continue to investigate links between Iran and insurgents seeking to destabilize the region and who target U.S. forces on the ground.

“I would say that it’s clear to us that there are networks that are smuggling weapons, both explosive-formed projectiles, IEDs, as well as mortar and other capabilities from Iran into Iraq,” ….

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