Barney Frank: Terrorism is not an ‘existential threat’ to America

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Charlie Spiering

On MSNBC last night, former Congressman Barney Frank D-Mass. called for deep cuts to the military, suggesting that terrorism was not an “existential threat” to America.

Frank blamed former president George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney for promoting terrorism to be the substitute for existential threats to America – such as Nazism and Communism.

“They don’t have the power – the threat to destroy us,” Frank insisted, although he admitted that terrorists could “damage some individuals” and “do some hurt.”

Frank explained that public opinion was trending in his direction insisting that the US military could afford to “get by with a lot less.”

“Nuclear submarines don’t destroy terrorists,” he explained. “I wish they did, but they don’t have any and we have a lot and that would be over.”

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