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Bush puts troops in peril

According to the Aug. 12, 2002, issue of Time magazine, despite repeated warnings about al-Qaida from Richard Clarke, on Sept. 9, 2001, "Donald Rumsfeld threatens to urge a veto if the Senate proceeds with a plan to divert $600 million from missile defense to counterterrorism." Did the events two days later change the priorities of the Bush administration? Not much. President Bush still wants to spend millions on a missile defense system that is useless in the war on al-Qaida but fattens the wallets of defense contractors. All while our best and bravest have to buy their own equipment.

Some applaud President Bush for not flinching in the face of terrorism. I see thousands dying needlessly while our "war president" doesn't even bat an eye.

Scott Duran