I thought that the Iraq war was supposed to make the world safer?
Now, maybe I am disremembering here, but didn’t President Bush say that our attack and subsequent war on Iraq was going to make the world a safer place? Whether he said it or not, it’s a flat-out lie. Terrorist attacks more than tripled in 2003!: “The number of ‘significant’ international terrorist attacks rose to about 650 last year from about 175 in 2003, according to congressional aides briefed on the numbers by State Department and intelligence officials on Monday.”
It should also be pointed out that the 175 attacks in 2003 were the most attacks in 20 years. This figure is also the one that the Bush administration under-reported, so they could argue that we were gaining ground on the “war against terrorism.”
Obviously, that isn’t happening. 650 attacks. More than triple the record number from 2003. It seems obvious to me that the terrorist threat is increasing – drastically – since we started our “war on terrorism.” Maybe, just maybe, we need to try a different tack here?