2008 Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani is basing his campaign around the idea that due to his being mayor of New York City during 9/11, he is a national security expert. However details about his business dealings are starting to contradict the notion that Giuliani knows, or cares that much about national security. On April 19, Democratic New York governor Elliot Spitzer once again called for the eventual closing of the Indian Point nuclear power plant. Spitzer said that the power plant, which is only 24 miles from NYC, is â€œnot in a smart locationâ€ and could be vulnerable to a terrorist attack.
Now you might think that a â€œsecurity expertâ€ like Giuliani would agree with assessment, but he doesnâ€™t.
Despite the fact that Indian Point has had eight emergency shutdowns since 2005, and on April 15 flunked a Nuclear Regulatory Commission siren test, Giuliani has backed a 20 year extension of the plant ownerâ€™s license. Here is what Giuliani predicted for Indian Point at a news conference, “They are going to be found – as they have in the past – not only to meet the minimum standards, but the highest standards,” said Giuliani. His comments are even worse you consider that his consulting firm, Giuliani Partners LLC, was hired to evaluate the safety and security concerns at the plant.
Speaking about the security in the plant before it flunked the siren test, Giuliani said, “Our view is that Indian Point is as safe as a facility can be, and a pretty good model, if not an excellent model, for not only other nuclear power plants but other industries that in many ways are just as sensitive [to security threats].” Are we to assume that Giuliani knows nothing about national security, or is it that under the disguise of a security consultant, Rudy Giuliani is really nothing more than a lobbyist, who in this case was trying to muster up political and public support for his client? The truth is that Rudy Giuliani is a fraud. He has no expertise in the area of security. What he does have expertise in is in the areas of criminal prosecution and politics.
Calling Giuliani a security expert because of what happened on 9/11 is about as misleading as me claiming to be an expert on automobile safety because I wrecked my car. Since 9/11, Giuliani has turned his name into a lucrative cottage industry. When some one wants to build a pipeline, or keep a dangerous power plant open, they call Giulianiâ€™s consulting company to help assure the public that their intentions are safe.
It doesnâ€™t really matter if it is safe, the purpose here is to use Giulianiâ€™s post-9/11 credibility to reassure politicians and decision makers that it is. Rudy Giuliani is nothing more than your typical garden variety ambitious politician whose gimmick is 9/11. What is even more alarming is that Rudy seems to have no concerns about selling himself out to whatever special interest is willing to pay him. We will have already been through a president who sold himself out to the oil industry, and anybody else willing to pay. Do we really want to vote for more of the same in 2008?
Jason Easley is the editor of the politics zone at 411mania.com. Â His news column The Political Universe appears on Tuesdays and Fridays at www.411mania.com/politics
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