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Many republicans are already frightened that the Democrats will use the occasion of General Hayden's confirmation hearings to bring up the subjects of the National Security Agency and Guantánamo.

Rather than feeling apprehensive the Republicans should rejoice, since this represents a priceless opportunity to nail their detractors. There is one thing, however, they will have to do. They must stop cowering and explain calmly and accurately what these programs are about. As those who care know, the NSA's surveillance is about listening on those plotting our destruction. Only a madman (or a liberal) could say that this is the wrong thing to do.

At Guantánamo we hold some of the most ruthless terrorists out there. Those who think that regular Americans are concerned when we occasionally slap a few of them around in order to extract life—saving information are mistaken. I would bet far more people are indignant at the way we pamper and fatten them. And most Americans are not too crazy about giving them Korans and prayer rugs either.

The administration has not made these points forcefully enough, because it has allowed itself to be cornered by the rabid media and demagogic liberal politicians. Now they will have a unique opportunity to present the truth. They should not let it slip. Let them state the case boldly and let the Democrats attack it. We will see which way the American people will go. After all, it is their safety that these programs are designed to ensure.

Vasko Kohlmayer   5 10 06

Many republicans are already frightened that the Democrats will use the occasion of General Hayden's confirmation hearings to bring up the subjects of the National Security Agency and Guantánamo.

Rather than feeling apprehensive the Republicans should rejoice, since this represents a priceless opportunity to nail their detractors. There is one thing, however, they will have to do. They must stop cowering and explain calmly and accurately what these programs are about. As those who care know, the NSA's surveillance is about listening on those plotting our destruction. Only a madman (or a liberal) could say that this is the wrong thing to do.

At Guantánamo we hold some of the most ruthless terrorists out there. Those who think that regular Americans are concerned when we occasionally slap a few of them around in order to extract life—saving information are mistaken. I would bet far more people are indignant at the way we pamper and fatten them. And most Americans are not too crazy about giving them Korans and prayer rugs either.

The administration has not made these points forcefully enough, because it has allowed itself to be cornered by the rabid media and demagogic liberal politicians. Now they will have a unique opportunity to present the truth. They should not let it slip. Let them state the case boldly and let the Democrats attack it. We will see which way the American people will go. After all, it is their safety that these programs are designed to ensure.

Vasko Kohlmayer   5 10 06