As The Election Nears, The Question Remains Who Will Make Us Safer?

The answer depends on how you see the enemy and how you define America's role in shaping the world

To appreciate how George W. Bush and John Kerry each look at the world, it helps to start with Sept. 11, 2001. Minutes after American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon that morning, President Bush, who had been reading to schoolchildren in Sarasota, Fla., phoned Vice President Dick Cheney from his cabin in Air Force One. "We're at war," he said. As the President's plane was taking off over Florida, Kerry strode down the steps of the Capitol in Washington, having received orders to evacuate. In an interview with the New York Times, Kerry recalled scanning the skies for incoming...

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