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Millions for Defense, Not One Cent for Tribute

Sunday, 27 January 2002 12:00 AM

This was the rallying cry of Americans tired of paying pirates for safe shipping. Now President Bush has made a similar statement, proposing $70 billion for the Defense Deparment and homeland defense.

This is the best possible response in the wake of Sept. 11 and eight years of Clinton-Gore starvation of the Pentagon's budget.

The spending will also provide great economic stimulus. Defense spending is the best way to prime the economic pump, unlike social programs, which become part of the budget forever.

Still, we need to re-think our "tribute" policies. Before 9-11, America was sending tens of millions in aid to the Taliban, even though the regime continued to harbor bin Laden.

We also continue to pour money into countries like Russia, though it has close ties with almost every terrorist state. In recent years the U.S. has been sending aid to North Korea and allowing Iraq to sell oil and reap billions.

We need not turn a blind eye to countries, including China, that are developing foreign and defense policies inimical to U.S. interests.

In the aftermath of 9-11, we should have a very clear and consistent policy. If you want our money, you need to accept our rules.

Contrary to some lambasting Secretary of State Colin Powell has gotten from conservatives, I hear that he has been pretty tough with rogue states and has not pleased the State Department bureaucracy with his positions relating to the Arab-Israeli conflict.

The CIA is developing a massive program for dealing with terrorism, but sources familiar with the efforts say it's akin to throwing warm bodies at the problem. It will take years to rebuild. Until then, Israel's spy agency, the Mossad, has been guiding agency efforts.

Remember how difficult it was to get the Washington press to pay attention to Whitewater? When the Wall Street Journal editorial page was carrying this issue almost alone?

Now the press is all over Enron, desperately trying to find a Republican or Bush connection. So far they have egg on their faces – most of the significant leverage came from the Clinton White House and Washington Democrats.

Still, it never ceases to amaze me how much press a Republican scandal gets. I am glad the press are asking questions of Republicans. I just wish they had the same standard for Democrats.

I hear that Fox mega-star Bill O'Reilly still has not finalized plans for his nationally syndicated radio show. O'Reilly is waiting for Rush's hearing to return to normalcy after his recent cochlear implant. O'Reilly says he is not seeking to take advantage of Rush's hearing loss.

CNN is set to put new hire Connie Chung up against O'Reilly. I believe the success of Fox has been great for making CNN and MSNBC better products. Chung really demonstrated her professionalism during her interview last year with Congressman Gary Condit. With that type of hard-hitting journalism, the country would be better off.

Fox's success has also forced MSNBC to rethink its strategy. The network has launched Alan Keyes' new show. Alan is one of the top guns of political conservatives. His voice is needed on the national scene.

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