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Friday, September 15, 2006

Conference Call with Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)

Yesterday I participated in a conference call with Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) and other bloggers. An audio file link is at the end with commentary and Q &A with participants.
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Senator Santorum brings moral clarity and certainty to whatever issues he addresses. Throughout his career, neither Party loyalty nor other political considerations have swayed him from advocating the right course of action.
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Most recently, he opposed the Bush Administration's decision to grant a visa to Ayatollah Khatami. He also publicly criticized Secretary Rice for adopting the European strategy of engaging the current regime in Iran.
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Senator Santorum is a leading proponent of supporting democratic forces in Iran and he has authored legislation to this effect.
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Some of the points made by the Senator:
  • The war is not going to be won or lost on the streets of Baghdad or Kandahar but on the streets of America. It is incumbent upon us to to recognize the... dangers of the enemy and to confront it despite unfortunate circumstances.
  • Policy makers better explain the complexity and seriousness of this enemy. The President used to call them cowards - then he stopped. They are not cowards but a serious enemy with enormous conviction who want to die for their “G-d.”This is a dangerous theology that motivates people utilizing a very effective tactic that fits its ideology – indiscriminate death.
  • The most dangerous element in the war on terror is Iran and Shia extremism. The resources behind the Shia (Iran) are much larger that Sunnis (al Quaeda). Iran is a nation state that forments and projects terror through wmd – it is the next and most truly frightening aspect of Islamo fascism.
  • We need to be more aggressive in explaining that to the American public so they understand this...
  • I was not in support of the Administration's decision to move forward with discussions with Iran.
  • The moderates need to hear from us that the current regime is corrupt and needs to be changed...
  • The UN is a feckless organization with respect to international security and won’t be at all helpful to contain the Iranian threat, and won’t do anything to stop it...
  • The State Department has been uniformly uncooperative to recognize the threat Iran poses. Iran is unwilling to be a rational player in negotiating an acceptable outcome. The State Department thinks everything is negotiable – they are being played by a song...
Click here for the 20 minute audio file.

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