U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell has a way of clarifying political issues and that's exactly what he did Friday in a speech at the Danville Rotary Club.
Answering critics of President Bush's handling of the war on terror, McConnell said that to say that the United States is not safer than it was before Sept. 11, 2001, "is utter nonsense."
We couldn't agree more. Essentially, the president's critics are suggesting that simply because the toppling of the Taliban from power in Afghanistan and the toppling of Saddam Hussein in Iraq haven't produced a world free from conflict, that those actions were wrong.
That is, as the senator suggests, "utter nonsense." Certainly, the overthrow of a rogue government controlled by the al-Qaida terrorist organization has made the world a safer place. Just because Afghanistan is not a rose garden today does not mean that the United States was wrong to go to war there.