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E.J. GOWLAND

Sterling

Upping the security ante

It seems that President Bush and his allies in Congress are upping the ante on national security (“GOP compromises on detainees,” Page 1, Friday).

This should be a subject that the Democrats welcome. Has the Iraq war made us safe? How about almost selling our ports to a government with a troubled past? How about not inspecting the cargo as it comes into our country? How does the resurgence of the Taliban affect our national security?

If Mr. Bush and his allies want to make charges about national security, I would suggest that they answer those questions first.

STEVEN M. CLAYTON

Ocean, N.J.