President Bush spoke recently in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and tried to make the case that the American people and the country are safer since the attacks of 9/11 due to the actions of his administration. In the alternate reality in which the president and his administration lives, we are safer because we have more American servicemen and women under fire than at any time since the Vietnam War. In his alternate reality, we are safer because more Americans have died since the "cessation of hostilities" in Iraq than before that time. In his alternate reality, we are safer because Americans traveling around the world are harassed by anti-Americanism or hide their nationality to avoid such harassment. In his alternate reality, we are safer because we have weekly "terror alerts" that are designed to keep us feeling fearful and concerned about the random potential for violence in our daily lives in both our cities and small towns.