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Tough vs. Effective

George W. Bush's "Tough on Terror" policy does not necessarily translate to an effective one. According to Newsweek polls, however, 18% more of Americans believe that Mr. Bush is the better anti-terrorism candidate. I suppose it's that matter-of-fact, cowboy style of speaking for which Mr. Bush is so well known, that people seem to buy.

CNN tells us that the insurgency in Iraq is now 12,000+ strong and includes foreign fighters, criminals, and disaffected Iraqis. Our troops are being blown up almost on a daily basis, and apparently, some U.S. troops, believing their missions to be too dangerous, are defying orders.

We've ticked off a good chunk of our allies in Europe with our "tough", "go-it-alone" anti-terror policy, innocent people are being decapitated by terrorists, and just when we thought things were looking up in Afghanistan, some nutcase blew himself up in Kabul, an attack for which the Taliban claims responsibility (Remember them?).

To the 18% of Americans who feel that Bush is the better anti-terrorism candidate, what will it take to dissuade you of this notion? Apparently, watching the news or reading the papers hasn't done much for you. I suppose invading a country that played no role in September 11th, based on flawed intelligence, is what makes some feel safe. I personally feel that our country is more vulnerable than ever to terrorist attacks.

I don't know what John Kerry will bring to the table with respect to combatting terrorism, but I have to believe that statesmanship, intellect, and diplomacy will be more effective than the Bush administration's "shape up or we'll invade you" policy.

Comments

  1. Well Rob I am not one of the people who think Bush is the better anti terrorism candidate. I Hate that he started a war without backing from other countries and without proof that we needed to be there. He misled us wether intentionally or otherwise but it happened. I agree that our country is more vulnerable than ever. We have more enemies because of the war than we did before it.

    on a brighter note..Im glad to see your posting on one of these things..I get to keep up with you now. I have missed talking to you *hugs* Hope everything is going great in Texas. Tell Kandis I said hi..Everything in Ohio is going ok well as ok as it can go.
    Luv ya

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