What has been accomplished?
I beleive that alQueda has suffered some loss but their leadership has escaped and is currently using U.S. military prescence in the mid-east as a rallying cry for guerilla war against the U.S. client government of Hamid Karzai. The rash of recent bombings of oil pipelines in Iraq and other terrorist style bombings in India, Morrocco,etc. bares this out. Will we be next?
Also, the nuclear programs of other “rogue” nations are now being accelerated for fear of a U.S. invasion.
The Bush Administartion lied to the public about WMD’s and took political advantage of the attacks on 9/11 to imply - w/o evidence - that Saddam had some complicity in them and proceeded - in contravention of the U.N. charter - to invade a sovereign nation without a convincing self-defense rationale. This administration has been changing reasons for why we are there since this “war” began. The latest is that the Iraqi’s are better off w/o out him. Is this a justification for war?
According to Ivan Eland(Independent Institute) in his worst-case scenario(based on some State Dept. and Human Watch data) suggest that the amount of people killed by the U.S. embargo was more than those who were murdered by Saddam. Not to mention some of those murdered by Hussein were the Kurds and Shiites whom the elder Bush abandoned after he encouraged them to revolt against Saddam.
So when two planes collide into the WTC killings civilans it is called terrorism; when a U.S.-led embargo does the same it is justifed as needed to make a despotic leader meet Western demands.
I don’t beleive there is any rational evidence to suggest we are safer because of the war on terrorism. I beleive America will now be more at risk because of the actions taken by this administration.