This election is about whether the country is better off than it was four years ago. And it is about whether the policies and plans and proposals being advocated by the candidates will be likely to make the country better off in the coming four years.
Are we safer than we were four years ago? Whether or not you believe this president and his administration were asleep at the wheel prior to 9/11, the president is trying to make the case that his policies since then have made the country safer from terrorists. I think this position is clearly false. Our invasion of Afghanistan has routed the Taliban but left the country without a center and fractured into many small fiefdoms. Taliban loyalists, not to mention Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar, continue to roam free. Our invasion of Iraq has taken a stable, secular, and terrorist-resistant country and created a magnet for radical Islamic terror from all over the region. Our troops in Iraq are under fire and mired in a civilian, urban guerrilla conflict. And more than 1,000 of us and 20,000 Iraqis have died in creating this quagmire.