Wednesday, March 24, 2004

The Democratic Terrorism Narrative

1. Bill Clinton saw terrorism as a significant threat to the nation. He dedicated significant resources to the identification and eradication of terrorist threats. Should he have done more? Perhaps.

2. Regardless, Bill Clinton did more to fight terrorism during his presidency than George Bush did before 9/11. Bush claims he abandoned Clinton's strategy in favor of his own; unfortunately, he abandoned Clinton's strategy months before his own was ready, leaving the nation with no strategy at a critical time.

3. After 9/11, Bush's efforts have been focused on threats at best incidental to terrorism, rather than terrorism itself. Iraq, for example. Meanwhile, terrorism remains a threat to the United States and its allies, as evidenced by M-11.