This week, the Dems step up:
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional Democrats promise to "eliminate'' Osama bin Laden and ensure a "responsible redeployment of U.S. forces'' from Iraq in 2006 in an election-year national security policy statement.Lacks specific details?!?! Isn't "double the number of special forces and add more spies" specific enough? Do they want the Democrats to say, "Lt. Smith will check the Hindu Kush Mondays from 9 to 5, followed by Lt. Jones, then Lt. Clark"? AS IF this is a game of Clue, and OBL is in the conservatory with a candlestick.
In the position paper to be announced Wednesday, Democrats say they will double the number of special forces and add more spies, which they suggest will increase the chances of finding al-Qaida's elusive leader. They do not set a deadline for when all of the 132,000 American troops now in Iraq should be withdrawn.
Republicans...characterized the Democrats' platform as tough election-year talk that isn't backed up by the party's record.
"This is more of the same from the party that opposes this president's effort to keep our country safe,'' said Tracey Schmitt, a Republican National Committee spokeswoman. "The bottom line is while this president campaigns against the terrorists, Democrats remain focused on campaigning against this president.''
Overall, the Democratic position paper attempts to make the case that the Bush administration's "inadequate planning and incompetent policies have failed to make Americas as safe as we should be.''
It covers party policy positions on homeland security, the war on terror, the military, Iraq and energy security, but it contains many of the same proposals Democrats have offered over the past year.
The platform also lacks specific details of how Democrats plan to capture bin Laden, the al-Qaida mastermind who has evaded U.S. forces in the more than four years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.