It's the same kind of head-in-the-sand foreign policy thinking that liberals espoused for much of the '90s. When al-Qaida blew up the U.S. embassies in Tanzania and Kenya, or detonated a bomb alongside the USS Cole in Yemen, or organized the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, President Clinton responded with small, measured gestures, like hurling a few missiles at an abandoned al-Qaida training facility, or trying to indict specific terrorists as criminals, rather than confronting the rogue states that sponsored them. When evidence emerged that Syria and Iran funneled money and personnel into the terrorist organization that declared war on us, the Clinton administration stuck its head in the sand. Our response told the world that we were soft. It proclaimed that the United States was built on false stilts, that we could be yanked down. It encouraged our attackers. This is why Saddam Hussein believed that in 1991 if he tied U.S. soldiers to the front of his tanks, he could sweep undeterred into Kuwait. It is why al-Qaida thought our society would crumble if they crashed some planes into our buildings.
Post 9/11, we can no longer spare ourselves the rigors of dealing with messy realities, like the fact that there are people out there that spend their days trying to figure out ways to kill as many Americans as possible. Our leaders cannot ignore this very real threat.
Kerry has tried to convince us that as a brave and decorated Vietnam vet, he is the man for the job. But a closer inspection of his track record tells us that we dare not believe it.