That is pretty much the gist of what the Republican Party is saying during these finals days of the 2004 Presidential campaign. It is also the theme of new political attack ads aimed at the fears of Americans. A Boston Globe.com News article describes one of these ads:
The ad, which is airing at least in Iowa and Wisconsin, shows Sept. 11 hijacker Mohammed Atta, Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, and other terrorists, and shows pictures of terrorist attacks in Russia, Spain, and the United States, including wreckage from the World Trade Center towers. It asks, ''Would you trust Kerry against these fanatic killers?" and says ''President Bush didn't start this war, but he will finish it."
The article goes on to say that Edwards responded to the ad with the following statement: ''The truth is they're trying to exploit one of our nation's greatest tragedies for personal gain (September 11th)It is immoral, and it is wrong," Edwards said. Edwards said everyone is united on doing whatever is necessary to protect the country from terrorism.
Oh, yeah and let us not forget Dick Cheney's comments that a vote for Kerry would be asking to get hit with another terrorist attack! (rolls eyes)
It is pure balderdash that Republicans are spewing such ads/comments. John Kerry would be just as strong on terrorism as George W. Bush would. It is the number one duty of a President to protect America from terrorism. It is pure idiocy to presume that John Kerry would do nothing should the United States of America get hit again with a terrorist attack. John Kerry would have moved against Al-Qaeda after September 11th just as George W. Bush. That is an obvious response by ANY President of the United States following such an attack. Going into Iraq is another issue that had nothing to do with September 11th. The 9/11 Commission said there was no link and even GWB has admitted as much:
And let us not forget that Bush claims he will keep America safer. BUT... if he has been keeping us so safe...why were we hit on September 11th in the first place?! Huh Mr. Bush? You may say that such a statement is absurd and if you do then you have gotten my point. Its just as absurd as saying that Kerry would be soft on terrorism.