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7.26.2004

Which GOP will it be this month? The "war," "peace," or "safe" president

There has been much talk in recent weeks about President Bush's shift from pronouncing himself the "war" president to the "peace" president in a second term. In the aftermath of the release of the 9/11 Commission's report, another refrain is emerging. Are we we "safe", though relative to what is unclear -- safer than before 9/11? safe from terrorist using chemical weapons? bioweapons? dirty bombs? nuclear devices? safe in our ability to respond to disaster quickly and competently? safe in our protections for first-responders to limit the physical and emotional toil of their service? as safe as we'd like to be? as safe as we're willing to pay for (in dollars and/or intrusion into our daily lives)? Ron Brownstein reminded us a month ago that this open-ended approach to safety is a license for abuse in the legislative process. Using and Abusing 9/11 Fears to Set National Security Policy

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