This is an illustration of what many cannot stand about others...it simply reeks of being patronizing. You're beginning not from a neutral baseline, but from a premise that is either blithely ignorant or willfully stupid. Your observation that I marked in bold is not a given...in fact, it's probably one of the most arguable points in the administration's policies. Like many others here, I would contend that W's "war on terror" has caused far more harm to our society than its supposed benefits, but that's not the crux of your OP. However, in the interest of understanding your position, I'd like to hear your own reasons for believing in your statement as you do.