ABC’s Tahman Bradley reports: Responding to President Bush’s Rose Garden press conference earlier today, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called North Korea’s recent test of a nuclear weapon, "the most dangerous thing that has happened to this country since 9-11."
In a telephone conference call with reporters this afternoon, Schumer was joined by Senate Democratic Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) who said, "From our point of view, it’s clear the Bush administration’s policy has failed."
In particular, Sen. Durbin criticized the 2002 Bush "axis of evil" statement and what he called the Bush administration’s doctrine of "preemption." "The bravado of this administration’s chest thumping has not made us safe, " Durbin said.
Schumer added that the U.S. needs to focus on developing weapons detection devices and needs to reach out to China and Russia for help with North Korea.
On the issue of Iraq, both Senators said the U.S.’s focus on Iraq has taken attention from other places the U.S. should be focused. Durbin said he just returned from Iraq last week and that the violence in the country has escalated. He called Iraq "much more violent and more dangerous" that it has ever been.
Without laying out specifics, Durbin said "a new direction" is needed in Iraq. "The administration will not succeed unless it changes course."