Because invading and occupying Iraq is the best recruiting tool Osama could ask for.
John Kerry and Al Gore both would have invaded Afghanistan after the 9/11 attacks to take on Al Qaeda. But neither would have wasted such time and energy on the Iraqi invasion and divert it from the pursuit of Al Qaeda.
And now that our government is reshaping the center of the entire Muslim world, there are lots of mini-Osamas slowly and stealthily preparing to attack us.
Invading and occupying Iraq makes us less safe from an Al Qaeda attack.
Invading and occupying Afghanistan (where the Taliban had allowed Al Qaeda to establish a bsae) made us more safe from an Al Qaeda attack.
But there's a huge difference between the two.
Maybe in the long run, if the dreamers that thought we could transform Iraq into a democratic nation through an invasion turn out to be right, then in 20 years we'll be safer.
But there's no question that in the next few years, we're much more at risk from a terrorist attack, since we've fueled hundreds of thousands of people to try to get back at the U.S. for the death and destruction that our government has caused in Iraq -- much of it senseless.