A recent letter claimed that John Kerry "thinks we are not at war and terrorism is a legal/diplomatic problem." This is untrue. "The terrorists are beyond reason," Kerry said last week. "We must destroy them. As president, I will do whatever it takes, as long as it takes, to defeat our enemies."
Kerry fully grasps the magnitude of the threat posed by the possibility of al-Qaida-like groups getting their hands on WMDs. The question dividing Kerry and Bush is how best to meet this threat.
Bush chose to make Saddam Hussein (a secular Baathist with no WMDs or operational ties to al-Qaida) his top priority, allowing the Taliban to re-establish themselves in Afghanistan. Kerry recognizes that the Iraq war has diverted our attention from the primary threat: al-Qaida and affiliated terrorist organizations.