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Hoeffel Calls for Redeployment of U.S. Troops to Capture Bin Laden and Destroy Al-Qaeda

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HOEFFEL CALLS FOR REDEPLOYMENT OF U.S. TROOPS TO CAPTURE BIN LADEN AND DESTROY AL-
QAEDA

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"The threat to our homeland security is as great as ever," Hoeffel said. "This very week, Secretary Ridge warned us that Osama bin Laden is leading a new al-Qaeda effort from his hideouts along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border to launch a major attack in the U.S. to disrupt our election. And Acting CIA Director McLaughlin echoed his frightening warnings when he said he has the conviction that terrorists are planning 'something big.' I think it's about time to send 'something big' after them.

"We have the greatest fighting force in the history of the world - but 170,000 of them are bogged down in Iraq and Kuwait trying to play the role of domestic police, border patrol and peacekeeping," Hoeffel said. "It's time for the U.S. to refocus our attention and redeploy our forces against the real threat to America here at home."
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"Pennsylvania veterans have paid a real price for Arlen Specter's loyal support of Bush-Cheney budgets that have driven up record deficits with tax breaks for millionaires and cutbacks in critical investments in our people - especially our veterans," Hoeffel concluded. "I have a different set of priorities that puts quality health care for veterans ahead of more tax cuts for millionaires. That's how we can build a state and a country that's strong in the world and honors its veterans at home."

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