Bush's Twisted Idea of 'Safer' - by Juan Cole
This is an excellent editorial comment. However, I would have added the outrage of the world and Muslims, in particular, regarding the prisoner torture in Iraq. Again, I say, Bush is al-Qaeda's best ally as recruiting tool.
Betcha that some of that poppy/heroin money from Afghanistan flows to Bush/Cheney campaign coffers. You can be certain they already have the Saudi money for it.
Cole says in that article...
"The U.S. is arguably much less safe because of the invasion of Iraq....
Pursuing a policy that makes us highly unpopular with 1.3 billion people is not a means of making us safer. So, no, Americans are not safer, Mr. Bush.
They face the threat of substantial narco-terrorism from Afghanistan. Iraq is a security nightmare that could well blow back on the American homeland. Pakistan remains a military dictatorship with a host of militant jihadi movements that had been fomented by the hardline Pakistani military intelligence. Saudi Arabia is witnessing increased al-Qaeda activity and attacks on Westerners. And the Israeli-Palestine dispute is being left to fester and poison the world."