I recommend reading a short op-ed by Glenn L. Carle, a retired 23-year member of the CIA's Clandestine Service. In the article, Carle debunks the "Global War on Terror," and the state of fear created in the U.S. by the Bush regime. This "war on Terror" has been the excuse for many serious transgressions of U.S. and international law by the Bush cabal, as well as led the U.S. down a wrong road based on fear. The Politics of Fear has been a hallmark of the rovian Bush -Cheney years, and a reason for all U.S. voters to seriously look at the two presumptive candidates for President in terms of their positions on terrorism and how to counter it.
I've always been of the opinion that terrorism is, and should be treated as, criminal activity, not "war." We've seen many examples, particularly in Europe but also here in the U.S., of potential terrorist acts being thwarted by good police work. The "Global War on Terror" was the drum beat for the invasion and occupation of Iraq, one of the biggest foreign policy blunders in our history. This cowboy diplomacy in Iraq has strengthened the criminals in and connected to al-Qaida, and those with no relationship to that band of thugs.
We in the United States live in a new and fearful state of being: yellow-orange-red terrorism alerts; a jihadist lurking around every corner, ridiculous shake-downs to get onto an airplane, and etc. Yes, there are terrorists out there, but not the uncounted hordes the Bush-Cheney machine would have us believe, and only a handful who have an interest in, and pose any threat to the United States.
Read the article - it's important. Be an informed citizen.