George W. Bush’s principal argument for re-election is his war
on terrorism, but in fact that’s one of the principal reasons he
should not be re-elected.
Leading up to Sept. 11, 2001, Bush downgraded his terrorism czar
to a sub-cabinet level position and ignored intelligence reports
with titles such as “bin Laden determined to attack inside United
States.” After Sept. 11, he didn’t go in for the kill at Bora Bora,
allowing bin Laden to escape. Then Bush pursued a war with a
country that had nothing to do with Sept. 11, diverting valuable
personnel and resources away from the war on terrorism and bin
Laden and, as his father’s own national security advisor said it
would, inflaming the Muslim world, creating thousands of new
terrorists. His disdain for other nation’s views, both before and
after Sept. 11, has made it more difficult to get international
support in our war on terrorism. And let’s not forget that he
opposed the creation of a Homeland Security Department for nine
months, and opposed creation of the 9/11 commission.
Simply saying that Bush “misled” us into war in Iraq – while
true – does not connect the dots on why that undermines our war on
terrorism. He has botched things up every step of the way, making
our nation less safe.
William C. Stosine
Online reader, Iowa City