The president's very right about one thing: When you have a disaster of that scale, whether it be natural or a terrorist attack, there's only one part of our entire government, state or local, that is equipped to handle it, and that's the U.S. military.
This country is big enough and strong enough to prepare for both.
A great deal more that we can do, a lot that we can do to save people, to respond better, to make sure people are equipped better.
While the current Los Alamos security break likely did not involve espionage, in some ways it's worse, ... Espionage is very hard to guard against. You win some and lose some. Here you've got a situation where there just sloppy accountability and record keeping.
If you have a major disaster involving hundreds of thousands, or in this case millions of people, whether it be a natural disaster or an act of terrorism, the first 72 hours are going to be totally chaotic no matter what you plan to do.
It was a bad idea, because I think that any government reorganization has to come in relatively small bites, or else you get indigestion.
We have to make a determination of what the minimum standards are for police, fire and emergency services in all of America's major cities. Once we determine that, then we can decide what the funding is.
The other thing about FEMA, my understanding is that it was supposed to move into the Department of Homeland Security... and be what it was, but also having a lot of lateral communication with all those others involved in that issue of homeland security.
Really, politics should stop at the door of that committee. I don't know whether Roberts is right or Rockefeller is right. But I do know that when you lose bipartisan oversight by that committee, you lose something very, very important.
Both the Democratic and the Republican parties stand for equality of all people. We have no room in our party, it seems to me, for someone who writes the things that he's written in the last year.
If we have a disaster -- and we think it is quite probable in the next 20-25 years -- we're not prepared to deal with it,
Significant steps have been taken since 9-11 to protect out country here at home, but much remains to be done, Americans from across the political spectrum must come together to develop the next phase of our efforts to counter global terror.
We're not talking about creating a new bureaucracy. We're talking about taking a number of bureaucracies and consolidating them into one streamlined organization.
This may sound trite, but bad things happen to good people, and when you're facing terrorism, natural disaster, you can have every wonderful plan in place, but I am a realist.
The problem the administration has is that the predicates it laid down for the war have not played out. That could spell political trouble for the president, there's no question.
If there were a major earthquake in Los Angeles, with bridges and highways and railroads and airports all shut down and huge buildings collapsing, I don't care how much planning you do, the first 72 hours is going to be chaotic.
And if you do all you can, that's all you can ever do.
a wide array of people over the last several months.
Washington, D.C., has a much greater risk than Manchester, N.H. They both need some level of funding, but they ought not to be done per capita. Congress is to blame for some of this.
We tend to pay attention to that which is the most current on our radar screen.
The two things that could have been better is number one, to get major military force into the community almost immediately to make sure that there was law and order. Number two, we had enough helicopters to airlift food into the centers of population and those places.
marks the first significant step forward in a campaign for president by John McCain.
One of the things we stress is, you've got to get interoperability and communications, or else you're going to have disaster no matter what goes on.
We are looking at all the accounting issues we have looked at all along, and at this point, we don't have any conclusions. We are still hoping to wrap up the investigation by the end of December, and if we don't make it we'll do it in January.
He was somewhat of an enigma to many people. I'm not so sure he didn't get along, he just didn't mix a lot with people. He didn't seem to have a lot of friends.
What we found out with Katrina is that the country is still unable to deal with disaster, ... God forbid this happens in San Francisco.
Everyone is going to have to step up to the plate.
Many, many Republicans and Americans yearn for a new kind of leadership, ... John McCain is unique in his ability to offer conservative, independent experienced leadership. That's why we believe he must seriously consider running for president in 2000.
It's my view that he is running for the reform party nomination for one reason and one reason alone money -- a great deal of federal matching money which he would get.
I've never figured that one out, ... Anyone who ever listened to his testimony would know that he was a judge in the model of John Marshall Harlan or Felix Frankfurter. He certainly wasn't in the mold of a real conservative.
Well, it's taken a long time to get the Department of Homeland Security established. It's taken a long time for the Congress to decide how much it wanted to fund.
While we have put forth the best estimates so far on emergency responder needs, the nation must urgently develop a better framework and procedures to generate guidelines on national preparedness,
And they will tell you unequivocally that if we have a chemical or biological attack or a nuclear attack anywhere in this country, they are unprepared to deal with it today, and that is of high urgency.
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