National Security

Has the war in Iraq made the U.S. safer?

Barack Obama (con)

Perhaps the saddest irony of the Administration's cynical use of 9/11 is that the Iraq War has left us less safe than we were before 9/11. Osama bin Ladin and his top lieutenants have rebuilt a new base in Pakistan where they freely train recruits, plot new attacks, and disseminate propaganda. The Taliban is resurgent in Afghanistan. Iran has emerged as the greatest strategic challenge to America in the Middle East in a generation. Violent extremism has increased. Terrorism has increased. All of that is a cost of this war."
Sep. 12, 2007 Barack Obama

Mitt Romney (not clearly pro or con.)

“It was the right decision to go into Iraq. I supported it at the time; I support it now. It was not well managed in after the takedown of Saddam Hussein and his military. That was done brilliantly, an extraordinary success. But in the years that followed, we were undermanaged, underprepared, underplanned, understaffed, and then we come into the phase that we have now. The plan that Bush and General Petraeus put together is working. It’s changing lives there. Perhaps most importantly, it’s making sure that al Qaeda and no other group like them is becoming a superpower, if you will, in the communities, and having a safe haven from which they launch attacks against us.”
Jan. 24, 2008 Mitt Romney

My opinion.

My opinion if the Iraq war has made the U.S. safer or not, is that President Obama is right about it not being clearly safe. Like he had said, after the 9/11 attack, we are not safe. Osama Bin Laden and his lieutenants built a new base in Pakistan, training and planning new attacks towards the U.S. Clearly states my opinion on how the U.S. is not safe for Americans.