Alan Schlesinger on Homeland Security


Iran has 6 enriched nuclear warheads; no negotiating

Q: When should military action be considered against North Korea and Iran?

LAMONT: In each case, first and foremost, it's time for hard-headed direct negotiations--negotiations backed up by sanctions, and negotiations are always backed up by the threat of force. Negotiation is not a form of appeasement.

SCHLESINGER: North Korea can be dealt with Either bilaterally or in 6-way talks. When it comes to Iran, our policy must be consistent. We must speak with a strong and unified voice. Ahmadinejad has 18 nuclear facilities, 6 enriched nuclear warheads, and a silo deep underground to test them, and believe me, that's not for energy purposes. If you think you can negotiate with Ahmadinejad, no, our security is on the line.

LIEBERMAN: We need to first use economic and diplomatic sanctions. But they must know that in the final analysis, the US and our allies are prepared to stop Iran from becoming nuclear, and to stop North Korea from selling any of its nuclear weapons to terrorists.

Source: CT 2006 Debate with Al Terzi, moderator Oct 19, 2006

Torture ok; pre-emptive strikes ok; phone-tapping ok

Q: Do you support the prohibition of torture or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment of prisoners in U.S. custody?

A: No.

Q: Do you support a policy of pre-emptive military strikes against countries deemed to be a threat to U.S. national security?

A: Yes.

Q: Should the United States grant law enforcement agencies greater discretion to read mail and email, tap phones, and conduct random searches to prevent future terrorist attacks?

A: Yes.

Source: 2006 Congressional National Political Awareness Test Oct 11, 2006

More spending on missile defense & new weapons