Rudy Giuliani On The Consequences Of A Democratic Victoryby Doug Mataconis
Here’s what Republican Presidential candidate had to say about the consequences of a Democratic victory in 2008:
MANCHESTER, N.H., April 25 — Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani issued a stark warning Tuesday evening that Democrats would put the country on defense in the campaign against terrorism and needlessly prolong a conflict that he said America can and must win.
Giuliani appeared at the Rockingham County, New Hampshire GOP Lincoln Day dinner and spoke at length about the differences he sees between the Republican and Democratic parties on everything from fixing public schools and health care to combating the threat of global terrorism.
But he was most animated and direct when he focused on his prospective Democratic rivals and national security.
“If one of them gets elected, it sounds to me like we’re going on the defense,” he said. “We’ve got a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. We’re going to wave the white flag there. We’re going to try to cut back on the Patriot Act. We’re going to cut back on electronic surveillance. We’re going to cut back on interrogation. We’re going to cut back, cut back, cut back, and we’ll be back in our pre-September 11 mentality of being on defense.”
First, I will observe that we haven’t seen Giuliani on the offensive before, clearly it’s a reflection of the fact that he is now the Republican frontrunner and thus feels more comfortable striking out on his own.
Second, though, let’s take a look at that list of Rudy’s:
1.Â Â Â Withdrawal from Iraq ? Well, I said back in December that it was time for us to go
While there are some commentators who insist on characterizing the Iraq War as part of the War on Terror, in the beginning, it was sold to the American public, and the world, as a necessary action to remove from power a man who was hiding weapons of mass destruction. That intelligence turned out to be dead wrong; but the biggest failure of the Iraq War wasnâ€™t the war itself (which was a stunning success) but the occupation, which has been a disaster from the beginning. It became evident from the day the Baathist regime fell that the United States really didnâ€™t have a plan in place to govern and administer an occupied country the size of Iraq, nor did there seem to be a plan that took into account Iraqâ€™s ethnic divisions.
Instead of a smooth transition to a free Iraq, or at least a free-er Iraq than existed under Saddam, we have instead created a nation in chaos where car bombs kill civilians every day and the central government seems incapable of protecting its own citizens. Rather than hanging on with hundreds of thousands of troops hoping for a victory that will never come, itâ€™s time to give the Iraqis the tools they need to govern and protect themselves and then leave.
2.Â Â Â Repealing the PATRIOT Act ? Sounds like a good idea to me
3. Â Â Â An end to warrantless wiretaps and the erosion of the Fourth Amendment ? Again, seems like a smart move here.
4. Â Â Â An end to torture and intimidation as a means to obtain information ? It’s about damn time.
Let me put it this way.
I definitely won’t be voting for any of the Democrats running for President, but if Rudy’s going to run as the candidate supporting a failed war policy, erosion of the Fourth Amendment, and torture, then I sure as heck won’t be voting for him either.