If only this election could be about budget deficits, the crisis in medical care, the lack of an energy policy, and a host of other vital problems. But because President Bush and his supporters have made his leadership the focus, that cannot be. An ill-advised leader has led us into disaster.
First, the war in Iraq was unnecessary. Saddam Hussein was a tyrant but no immediate threat to us, even had he possessed WMDs. Rather the war was a diversion from the botched effort in Afghanistan; a diversion from the pursuit of solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (the greatest cause of the Islamic world's hostility to us apart from the Iraq war itself); and a diversion from the urgent need to pursue terrorists globally through international intelligence and police work. Saddam had no connection to the attacks on 9/11 and no relations with al-Qaida; Islamic fundamentalists were his enemies. Now, of course, Islamic Jihadists have flooded into Iraq to aid the insurgency.