‘Everybody’ Gets Credit for No New Terrorist Attacks Since 9/11, Says Pelosi

By Nicholas Ballasy | September 17, 2008 | 2:49 PM EDT

Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com) – “Everybody” deserves credit for the fact that there have been no terrorist attacks in America since 9/11, said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), in response to a question about whether the Bush administration merited any credit for preventing terrorism.

Sen. Bob Casey Jr. (D-Pa.) evaded the question, saying instead that the anniversary of 9/11 was a day of remembrance and “renewal.” Casey made his remarks following a congressional September  Remembrance Ceremony held on the steps of the Capitol on Sept. 11, 2008. Pelosi spoke with CNSNews.com at a news conference that same day.

“Well, I think today is really a day to think about what happened on September 11th and what we’ve lived through since then,” said Casey. “It’s a day when we renew our commitment to our country.”

“I think there’s a basic commitment from both parties about keeping the country safe,” he said. “There’s a lot of consensus on keeping the country safe in the midst of some disagreements about how to get there.”

Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) said the threat of terrorism still exists. “Well, I think our whole apparatus of security in this country has improved from what it was but it is a false security,” she told CNSNews.com.

Pelosi said that “everybody” deserves credit for no attacks in the United States. “Well, I think everybody deserves credit for that – our first responders in local areas,” she said.  “Some of the things that have been headed off have happened because of first responders or other law enforcement officials.”

She also said the war in Iraq has not made America safer.

“It has undermined our military’s capability to respond to threats to our security wherever they may occur,” she told CNSNews.com.  “It has diminished our reputation in the world to have the diplomatic alliances to keep the world a safer place.”
“The War in Afghanistan has been intensified,” said Pelosi, adding that it is the “real war on terror.”   

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