Bush vrs. Kerry on Terror

  • President Bush to radio talker/television host Sean Hannity:
    "Whether or not we can be ever fully safe is up [from terrorists] -- you know, is up in the air. I would hope we could make it a lot more safe by staying on the offensive," he said.
  • JF Kerry campaigning:
    "George W. Bush doubts whether he can make America safe. Well, I give you this pledge: As president, we will find, capture and kill the terrorists. It's not 'up in the air.' We will win the war on terror, and we will make America safer," Kerry said in a statement issued from Boca Raton, Fla.

    The two men have fundamentally different views of the terror problem. Kerry sees this as a problem solved with police action, while the President acknowledges a war.

    Kerry wants to hunt down individual terrorists after they've acted and punish them with death. More terrorists will replace them, of course, and Kerry will have to keep finding them and killing them. (Unless he thinks death will be a deterrent to the terrorists, which it clearly will not be. Death is of no moment to them.)

    With Kerry's process of finding terrorists and killing them, we have a never-ending cycle and we will never truly be safe.

    President Bush, on the other hand, wants to eliminate terrorists and its cause. It is a concept Kerry has shown a striking inability to grasp. That new resentments could breed a new terrorists is more a probability than a possibility, thus there will always be a risk of something.

    This is precisely why Kerry is unfit to be our President.


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