Not once did he give a speech trashing Democrats as a party, nor did he blame Clinton for leaving the country vulnerable to terrorist attack.
How did CLinton leave the country vulnerable to a terrorist attack ? This is one of Karl Rove's brainwashing slogans that are unsubstaintiated. I think it is not a republican or a democrate problem or weakness, the picture is bigger than that.
Terrorism is a problem the Western hemishere did promote in a way or another.
In Egypt, for example, during the 50's and 60's there was the regime of Nasser who was hostile to America and belonged to the Soviet Camp, but he annihalted the Islamic Brotherhood. This group has been the source and the Godfather figure of Jihad since 1928. Because of this, there were no islamic terror attacks.
WHen Saddat took over in 1970, he went to the West. He encouraged islamic groups to fight communism or commo-socialism, with the blessing of the West and specially the USA. He persecuted christians in Egypt, and he promoted the fundamentalists ideas, with the backing of the USA because he was perceived as a moderate. Saddat himself was killed in 1981 by the islamists, thanks God, but it did not send any warning to the US or the West.
The same happened with the Shah in Iran, in Afghanistan, in ALgeria, in Lebanon. The US sided with the wrong party all the time. Not out of treason, no, but out of error in calculation. The damage is already done and it cannot be contained in a couple of strikes on camps in Sudan or with a war on the most secular state in the Arabic World.
Omar Abd El-Rahman, who was the mastermind in the killing of Saddat, took refuge in the USA.
The egyptian government asked many times from the US government to hand him over, the US refused. He then expressed his gratitude to the US by the first WTC attack in 1993.
It is not a democrate or arepublican problem, it is the mind set of the West.
Europe has sold its heritage and now 10% of France is muslim. It is not a coincidence. Those who read arabic and are familiar with the arabic islamic literature in the last years, will now that the source of all the new era fundametalists terror strategies are several books by islamic leader, maybe the most important book is a book by Said Kutb, an egyptian islamic leader who was killed in 1965 in Egypt by President Nasser, named :" Signs on the road
." He admits in this book that there is no way muslim will catch up with the West. So, he encourages muslims to immigrate to the West, reproduce, and be a majority. He instructs to use the famous political approach in Islam to show the true intentions only when in power.
I thought it is helpful to present the above to show the magnitude of the problem. If the war was on Iran or Saudis or Syria, countries who support terrorism, then it would be different. But Iraq ?
Saddam was a butcher but secular.
Another thing: Doesn't the war on terrorism need resources ? Will a weak economy like the current economy of the US support military efforts worldwide?
Questions to ponder.