Originally posted by faust9
Well, if one measures the time span between attacks on US targets and compares that to the time span between 9/11 and now one could conclude we're due for an attack I'm sorry to say. Well boys and girls little Tommy Ridge is boosting the crayola warning to orang for DC, and NY has been under threat for a couple of days now. So, who here feels safer? Not me for one. How 'bout y'all. What are your thoughts about US safety from terrorist attacks?
The question is not "is the US safer"; the question is "Is ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD safer than it was before Bush was in office."
Certainly, AQ came into its own around '93 and has managed to pull off several bombings in the 11 years between now and then. Can we blame the attacks themselves on Bush? No. Of course not. But we can ask whether his approach to terrorism--kill them where they are before they bring the fight to our shores--is the best.
Since he declared war on terrorism (which I've said time and time again is as stupid as declaring war on diplomacy) and started sending troops to Afghanistan and Iraq, one simply must admit that the only place in Afghanistan that's "safe" is Kabul. Everywhere else is ruled by the warlords and the Taliban has apparently regrouped. Did we take out much of the AQ leadership? Apparently. We've managed to arrest or kill much of the 2000
leadership of AQ, which means that there's now a new leadership about whom we know next to nothing and who doesn't have the same MO as the 2000 leadership. Iraq? Sure we're building schools and hospitals and providing health care to a country that's had the crap beaten out of it routinely, by both external and internal forces, for decades. We're pushing 1000 dead soldiers there. More than twice as many soldiers (do I have this right?) have died since Bush declared Mission Accomplished than before. AQ, which was not operating in Iraq before war, is now streaming in. Other groups of people are organizing in such a way that we simply cannot know who they are. Truck bombs. Car bombs. Suicide bombers. Roadside bombs detonated by cell phone. Bombs on oil pipelines. Unemployment is rife there. Pensions disappeared. The economy is in chaos. We've ceded cities like Fallujah to the militias we were fighting.
And, quite simply, we cannot get out. If we leave now, Iraq will most certainly fall back into a dictatorship after a civil war decimates the major cities (even worse than they are), and that dictatorship will likely be a Shi'a one friendly to Iran. And to top it all off, we can't afford the war(s). A billion dollars a week.
Terrorist bombings in Indonesia. In Saudi. In Israel. In Spain. In Uzbekistan.
Are we safer now than we were 4 years ago? We've done nothing but galvanize hatred of America to an entirely new population of terrorists and potential terrorists and effectively manufactured scores of new terrorists by shooting at them under the delusional notion that the number of terrorists is finite.
And we're left with only one of our major allies--Britain. Germany and France, who could send tens of thousands of troops to help us out, we have alienated and then, to make matters worse, insulted. That means fewer troops. That means more funding we have to come up with.
Are we safer now than we were 4 years ago? No. Are our children? No. Are our children's children? No.