I agree that we need to fight the war abroad and at home. I am definitely not suggesting that we cut and run and build a wall around our country. I am not content to wait for the threat. The big difference is that I believe we need to root out these people one by one with intelligence, special ops forces and get to them where they live and operate. Combine this with understanding the terrorist mindset better and rebuilding our relationships around the world. This will continue to help the world as a whole fight the threat better and more efficiently.
Then we need to get out of Iraq except for ensuring their police training. Osama Bin Laden is a prophet now because he predicted we would invade Muslim lands. The situation in Iraq is an example of a bold, messy, resource intensive AND costly slap at terrorism that does nothing but encourage the underlying problems of terrorism and raise our debt. We need to fight this war around the world but it needs to be clean and aggressive. John Kerry has a great plan to put more money into our homeland security but to also double our special ops and intelligence budget for this exact task. Bush is for the cowboy way... Guns and Bombs! Yee-fucking-ha!! Overtaking, destroying and rebuilding entire countries in our image is not the answer, it is the cause.
I mentioned before these people are ghosts. They can go anywhere and do anything if they really want and they do have the will. They have done it before! They will cross our borders and live among us and the only way we can defeat them is (#1) deal with trying to reduce future terrorism and (#2) reducing current terrorists overseas while securing our country so they can't infiltrate our communities. It can't be a one sided battle overseas and it can't continue on the current path we are on. It's expensive, we have over 1/3 of our active duty troops trying to secure this mess AND while we are cleaning it up, our own borders remain open. 4000 people a day cross our borders and that is a threat. Dick Cheney said today that the biggest threat we have today is terrorists smuggling a nuclear bomb or biological weapon into our country. Whether you like to admit it or not the terrorists are already here and they are among us. We'll be fighting them at home now whether we want to or not. We need to plan for the battle.