Bush Advocates Defeating Terrorists Overseas Rather Than At Home
U.S. News and World Report this week interviews President Bush as part of its cover package. Bush said, "We need to defeat the terrorists around the world so we don't have to face them here at home. It's a very important part of our strategy . ... It's very important to know the enemy, and, step one, (understand that) there is an enemy that is violent and ruthless. I don't believe you can negotiate with them. I think the only way to deal with the hardcore ideologues that use terror as a weapon is to bring them to justice before they hurt us again . ... Step two is to...develop a strategy to deal with these kinds of killers. They will kill at the drop of a hat. We will not deter them with nice words or treaties. The only thing that will keep America secure in the short term is to defeat them elsewhere, which is what we're doing. In the long term, the best way to fend off their ability to recruit is to spread freedom and liberty."
Kerry Says America Is Not Safer Under Bush U.S. News and World Report also interviews challenger John Kerry. On the President's errors, Kerry said, "The president has gotten us into a deep hole in Iraq, and people are very, very questioning of the leadership. I mean, almost all of the predictions have proven false. The war, he said, would cost $1 billion we've spend almost $200 billion .... He said we'd be received as liberators the troops are being shot at. The predictions of reconstituted nuclear weapons and other things have not panned out. And I think to say that it's just a miscalculation is to ignore the truth of what was put before the president in terms of advice and counsel before he made the decision. . . . The test is not, are we safer? The test is, are we as safe as we ought to be given the options that were on the table. And the answer to that is, no, we're not. And I will make us safer."