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Political pollster Scott Rasmussen reported that 30 percent of likely voters feel less safe today than they did 10 years ago, while 50 percent feel safer.

Could that 30 percent of likely voters who feel less safe do me a favor and not vote next year?

Because obviously, their judgment is impaired.

Let us review. With the nearly unanimous consent of Congress, President Bush began the war in Afghanistan, deposed the Taliban, and sent Osama bin Laden into hiding.

Then, when just about everyone agreed there were weapons of mass destruction — including the late Robert C. Byrd — we went into Iraq, deposed Saddam Hussein, and established the first democracy in a Muslim nation in that part of the world.

Congress authorized that war, too, and the year after the war began, a young Senate candidate from Illinois went on "Meet The Press" and told the late Tim Russert that he supported President Bush's efforts in Iraq.

"There's not much of a difference between my position on Iraq and George Bush's position at this stage," Barack Obama said.

Of course, as a state legislator, he had voiced opposition to the war nearly two years earlier.

But it is a curious thing how we felt in July 2004 about Iraq and how we feel today.

Opponents of the war say well, Iraq had nothing to do with 9/11, as if 9/11 is the be-all and end-all of American and world security.

We are in a global war on terrorism and not a war of vengeance for 9/11.

Hussein exported terrorism to Israel, just as Iran now does.

I supported ousting him even though I never thought he had much in the way of weapons of mass destruction.

His violation of 16 resolutions by the United Nations demanded such action.

The Iraq War worked. The insurgency of 2006 proved to be a disaster for al-Qaida.

The Surge in 2007, which Sen. Obama and just about every other Democratic member of Congress opposed, successfully ended the insurgency and al-Qaida.

Iraq was a pretty stupid strategy by bin Laden. Instead of doing what he did best — sneak attacks on unsuspecting civilians — he went head-to-head against the greatest army on Earth.

That is a reminder that despite their depiction in motion pictures, most criminals are not very bright.

While Iraq continues to have internal security problems, so do we. The United States is largely through with the war, and I agree with President Obama on the withdrawal of most troops by the year's end.

His efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan have also been successful and he gets the political credit for the death of Osama bin Laden.

Obama's big mistakes were in not supporting Hosni Mubarak in Egypt and not properly vetting the rebels in Libya.

The Muslim Brotherhood could pose the next threat to Western civilization, and the attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo over the weekend is unnerving.

Obama should have asked for congressional approval to continue the Libyan effort, but he did not want to put Democratic legislators on the spot.

I am no fan of this president.

The president's handling of the economy is abysmal. Obamacare is frighteningly Orwellian. His Environmental Protection Agency would stop all human activity if it thought it could get away with it.

On security, though, Obama has been dead-on because he has pretty much pursued the Bush Doctrine. The prison at Guantanamo Bay remains open and the military tribunals continue.

We are safer today than we were 10 years ago because of that doctrine, despite what 30 percent of likely voters think.

Surber may be reached at His blog is at


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