Monday, July 05, 2004

I have a funny feeling the Democratic Party platform on national security is going to look amazingly like "Progressive Internationalism".
The first draft of the Democratic platform that will be presented to the party's convention late this month calls for a wholesale rewriting of President Bush's national security strategy, declares that Mr. Bush's "doctrine of unilateral pre-emption has driven away our allies," and promises far more focus on reforming intelligence agencies and preventing nuclear terrorism.

Almost the entire first half of the draft is devoted to national security, twice as much space and much more prominence than in the last three Democratic platforms. Its authors say that the document, the first occasion that the Democrats have had to present a unified party position since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, is the centerpiece of an effort by Senator John Kerry to distinguish his approach from President Bush's.

"There is consensus in the party that we need to stand against Bush on national security," said Steve Elmendorf, Mr. Kerry's deputy campaign manager. "We think it's important to tell the country we have something to say on this subject and not put up with the old Republican blather that we're weak on defense."
A "wholesale rewriting" of the Bush defense doctrine?? I don't think so.


At 7:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And if he picks Gep as VP, remind me again why I'm a Dem.


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