Rep. Cantor Knows Firsthand About Not "Preparing For The Gathering Storm"

June 04, 2009 5:06 pm ET

On June 4, 2009, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor wrote a blog post in which he urged the President to revise his defense budget and warned that the U.S. could regret it if "we didn't prepare for the gathering storm of threats on the horizon." Yet, as chairman of the House Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare, Cantor took no action until September 12, 2001... when he issued a press release.

Rep. Eric Cantor Warned That The U.S. Could Regret It If "We Didn't Prepare For The Gathering Storm"

Rep. Cantor Warned That We Could Regret It If "We Didn't Prepare For The Gathering Storm." In a blog post on The Hill's "Congress Blog," House Minority Whip Eric Cantor wrote:

If anything is certain in these most uncertain times, it is that threats to the homeland will persist. Consider the recent provocations by North Korea and Iran. Last week the North tested a nuclear weapon and fired off a salvo of missiles.

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Now is the time for the Administration and Congress to come together to provide for our national defense for both today and tomorrow. Let's not be caught six years from now regretting we didn't prepare for the gathering storm of threats on the horizon. [The Hill, "Congress Blog," 6/4/09; emphasis added]

Yet Before 9/11, Cantor Ignored His Duty As Chair Of House Task Force On Terrorism

Shortly after joining Congress, Rep. Eric Cantor was named chairman of the House Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare.  Rather than eagerly take the reigns when given a chance to "provide for our national defense for both today and tomorrow," Cantor didn't act until September 12, 2001...when he issued a press release.

Cantor's FIRST Action As Chairman Of The House Task Force On Terrorism And Unconventional Warfare Was To Issue A Press Release On September 12, 2001.  Rep. Eric Cantor's first public action as chairman of the House Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare was to issue a press release on September 12, 2001.  The release said: "As the Administration has indicated, the terrorist attacks are an act of war.  Therefore, retribution must be swift, sure, and overwhelming.  But retribution is not enough. In war one must destroy the enemy's ability to wage war... It is only through the destruction of international terrorism's supportive infrastructure that attacks like this can be prevented and terrorists emasculated." [Cantor Release via CQ Congressional Press Releases, 9/12/01] 

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