Confronting 21st Century Threats…

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., stresses a point as he speaks between former senator Sam Nunn, left, and Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., during a panel discussion on national security at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., Wednesday, July 16, 2008. Obama said Wednesday that two goals of his administration would be to secure all loose nuclear material during his first term and to ultimately rid the world of nuclear weapons.(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Barack Obama held a summit on the threats that confront America in the 21 century…

Senator Obama joined experts on nuclear non-proliferation, bio security and cyber security, as well as Indiana Senator Evan Bayh and former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana to discuss security issues in a changing world. Following his opening remarks, the panel spent over an hour discussing the dangers of what the 9/11 Commission called our “failure of imagination,” and the need to stay one step ahead of the threats of the 21st century.

As Barack explained …

It’s time to update our national security strategy to stay one step ahead of the terrorists – to see clearly the emerging threats of our young century, and to take action to make the American people more safe and secure. It’s time to look ahead — at the dangers of today and tomorrow rather than those of yesterday. America cannot afford another president who doesn’t understand the threats that confront us now and in the future.

Today, we will focus on nuclear, biological, and cyber threats – three 21st century threats that have been neglected for the last eight years. It’s time to break out of Washington’s conventional thinking that has failed to keep pace with unconventional threats. In doing so, we’ll better ensure the safety of the American people, while building our capacity to deal with other challenges – from public health to privacy.

Read his full remarks, as prepared for delivery…

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Yesterday, Barack delivered a major speech on national security and the war in Iraq…

As we all know Bin Laden is still alive and the Taliban and Al Qaeda are still active in Afghanistan and Pakistan. So, are we any safer than we were eight years age? McCain says he\’ll follow Bin Laden to the Gates of Hell. Well, so far all Bush and McCain have done is open a gate to hell in Iraq and have allowed the real terrorists to get stronger in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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