The Border Patrol is doing a great job under overwhelming circumstances, and they deserve all the support we can give them. With the National Guard in a supporting role, our border security efforts will be much more efficient and we will be able to reduce the amount of crime on the borders, most of which affects the immigrants themselves.
The Administration's plan for a National Missile Defense in Europe is nothing more than deploying an expensive myth in the absence of true international cooperation.
National Missile Defense (NMD) has a well documented record of failure. Despite over twenty years worth of research and development, and hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer money wasted, no NMD system has successfully completed a live-fire test.
The only people who benefit from this taxpayer funded boondoggle are the defense contractors who continue to line their pockets with taxpayer funds without producing a successful live-fire test.
Missile defense has failed in America, and it will fail in Europe.
Only international diplomacy, in which the United States participates, will resolve our stand off with Iran. A new arms race in Europe will not deter Iran from pursuing nuclear technologies, and is just the latest example of this Administration's failed foreign policy that makes our country less, not more, secure.
(The Shell and Conoco CEO statements were at a Nov. 2005 joint hearing before the Senate Committees on Energy and Natural Resources, and Commerce, Science and Transportation.)
These failures in my view have put the American people in a difficult spot. Because the committee hasn't been kept informed, because of these revelations in the newspapers, now we have many of our citizens -- law-abiding, patriotic Americans who want to strike the balance between fighting terrorism and protecting liberty, now they're questioning their government's word. (from the open hearing of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence-May 18)
We have witnessed the fall of a brutal dictator, followed by successful elections, the creation of a new constitution, and now the formation of an Iraqi cabinet to run a democratically elected government. This progress was unthinkable only three years ago, and must be unimaginable to the Congressional Cut-and-Run Caucus.
The people of Iraq should be congratulated, not dismissed as unable to enjoy the benefits of democracy and freedom.