Appearing on Diane Sawyer last night, Thompson was asked how he would handle bin Laden and Al Qaeda differently than Bush’s people. Now, if you’re running for President, and terrorism is the major issue on people’s minds, don’t you think you would have that answer down pat? Apparently not. You be the judge:
Thompson: “You don't know what the president knows in terms of intelligence as to how they can pinpoint where Osama bin Laden is right now. I think the point is clearly he's there, clearly he's somewhere along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and clearly he's still giving orders. And the even broader concern that Americans should have is that al-Qaida is still out there in the world. They're in western Europe, they're in the United States, they're in Iraq.
Iraq is a part of global effort, a global war that al-Qaida and radical fundamental Muslims have been carrying on against us for some time. We didn't pay much attention to it for a while but we are now and we're finding there's a global war going on against us. And we better figure out a way to contain it because it's going to be with us for a long time after Iraq.”
Thompson has said publicly that he wants to be seen as “Reagan’s Heir.” Well, Senator, I think you're well on your way. Hopefully, the American people won’t fall for it a second time, though.