Recap from It's a Free Country.
Welcome to Politics Bites, where every afternoon at It's A Free Country, we bring you the unmissable quotes from the morning's political conversations on WNYC. Today on the Brian Lehrer Show, Russ Feingold, former U.S. senator (D-WI) and now author of While America Sleeps: A Wake-up Call for the Post 9/11 Era , discusses his book and current political news.
Former Democratic senator from Wisconsin Russ Feingold explains why he thinks the American public has gotten inadequate information to explain 9/11, Al Qaeda, and events related to the war on terror. In While America Sleeps: A Wake-up Call for the Post-9/11 Era, Feingold argues that the nation’s inadequate response to 9/11 have undermined our ability to adjust to America’s new place in the world, and has weakened our national security and our constitutional values. He suggests ways to engage with the rest of the world and fellow citizens in a more thoughtful way.
Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, states that the situation in Afghanistan is "deteriorating" ... and signs of this decline have been showing up more and more clearly. Despite the massive military operation in Afghanistan's Helmand province and a heavy military presence throughout the nation, violence continues to increase. Just yesterday, a suicide bomber east of Kabul, in Laghman province, killed a top intelligence officer and 23 others.
While U.S., Afghan and NATO coalition forces continue fighting Taliban members, the difficulties have led American military commanders in Afghanistan to make a case for more troops. But Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wisconsin) sits on the Senate's Foreign Services and Intelligence Committees and has been calling for the opposite – and he's not alone. There are calls from both the left and the right to start making plans to reduce the boots on the ground.
"I am making sure I get inoculated from all illnesses by going to town meetings."
—Senator Russ Feingold (D-Wisc) on how he is preparing for a resurgence of H1N1