Rudy Giuliani has raised the first cross-party issue of the 2008 election by saying that if the Democrats win, America would be forced to take the defensive in the war on terror. Clinton and Obama quickly jumped on the attack and replied that it was hitting below the belt. Point to Rudy. The Democrats, for all their strength over Iraq, are vulnerable on every other aspect of the terror issue. Their reluctance to approve the Patriot Act, their opposition to aggressive interrogation of terror suspects, and their horror at invasions of e mail and telephone privacy all type them as weaker than Giuliani or the GOP in the war on terror.
Rudy’s attack is a great way to defend the war in Iraq — by saying, in effect, that the best defense is a good offense. If we do not have the terrorists back on their heels dodging from cave to cave in Afghanistan and street to street in Baghdad, they will hit us here, at home. Rudy is on the right track in making this his issue.