G. W. Bush today declared in Iowa that that if he's re-elected it would ensure the safety of the U.S.
That's classic Bush: an untruth stated with conviction. Some would say it's a bald-faced lie. Maybe. However, it's possible Bush actually believes what he's saying. Nonetheless, the statement's still untrue insofar as truth is defined as a proposition supported by the facts.
Here are the facts about Bush's policies and how they aren't making us safer:
*The State Department's own report shows that terrorism has increased sharply worldwide since the U.S. invaded Iraq.
*Bush has so over-stretched our military that we are pulling troops away from our nuclear enemy, North Korea and can't use them adequately to fight al-Qaeda or find bin Laden.
*The International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS) concluded that the invasion of Iraq has resulted in an al-Qaeda recruiting boon.
*Bush's foreign policies include warm relations with anti-democratic and corrupt nations.
*Bush's amateurish foreign diplomacy has distanced us from our allies just when we need them to help us fight a global terrorist network.