On Wednesday, fifty-one Senators voted to weaken American intelligence gathering and increase the risk of future terrorist attacks. Forty-seven Democrats, including Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, determined that the comfort of terrorists is more important than the lives of American citizens. Waterboarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques were prohibited by the legislation. Fortunately, the President does have backbone on the issue and plans to veto the legislation.
This issue should be a top priority for the rest of the campaign and used as a means to illustrate that Democrats are not serious about national security. Said Sen. Leahy, “Retaliation is the way of the world. What we do to others, they will do to us - but worse.” Sen. Leahy has obviously forgotten that just seven years ago, the enemy used planes as weapons and killed thousands of civilians, men, women and children who were thousands of miles away from any battle field. Since then, the enemy has beheaded people on television and strapped bombs to the mentally handicapped. How, exactly, Sen. Leahy, will waterboarding generate worse action than that?
Mary Landrieu in particular must be held accountable for voting against her constituents. Senators like Schumer and Boxer at least represented the views of their constituents. Louisianans, on the other hand, understand the importance of employing whatever means are necessary to defend Americans. Landrieu should not be able to attend a single event between now and November without having to answer for this vote.