Did George W. Bush really keep us safe after 9-11?
Those who try to construct a positive legacy from his eight years in power claim that as a major accomplishment. They argue the absence of a terrorist attack during the 2,688 days he was in office following 9-11 proves the effectiveness of his policies and is all that's needed to justify them.
Three other conclusions should be drawn from the failure of terrorists to strike at the U.S. again.
– First, terrorism isn't as big a threat as the Bush administration made it out to be.
– Second, there eventually will be another attack, because the thuggish tactics of the Bush administration have made one inevitable.
– Finally, no president can prevent any and all attacks, and we shouldn't expect absolute protection from terrorism.