Governors talk about National Guard and border security
| 03.01.2006 | 07:11:54 | Views: 2517 | ID:
March 1: During the National Governors Association's annual meeting this week, state leaders from across the United States talked about a variety of issues ranging from healthcare to National Guard troop levels and funding. The Christian Science Monitor reported Wednesday that some of the requests made by those attending the conference asked President Bush to "drop plans to cut the National Guard, to review the decision to turn over management of six US ports to a company owned by the government of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, and to pick up more of the tab for securing the nation's borders."
Meanwhile, top intelligence officials in the military and civilian agencies told lawmakers that the greatest threats facing the US were terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, Global Security Newswire and the Nuclear Threat Initiative reported. According to John Negroponte, the head of the National Directorate of Intelligence, "Terrorism is the pre-eminent threat to our citizens, to our homeland, to our interests and to our friends."The Monitor reported that during the meeting of governors, a letter sent to the president said should the troop levels for the Guard decrease, Americans could be put at risk in the event of a terrorist attack, natural disaster or other national crisis. Later in the week, President Bush made a surprise visit to Afghanistan on his way to visit the leaders of India and Pakistan. The Associated Press reported Wednesday the president saying he supports the Afghan government under the direction of President Hamid Karzai and that terrorist groups led by the Taliban and Osama bin Laden would be "brought to justice." The president will fly to New Delhi today and then is scheduled to visit Pakistan. During the trip, over 5,000 security forces, snippers, bomb-sniffing dogs and other security measures have been put into place. The Jamestown Foundation reported that increasing violence in Iraq and Afghanistan is the result of al-Qaeda's continuation of fighting against Western and American forces through its own doctrine and methodology.
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