Beyond Bush's mistakes, people are going to like the fact that Senator Kerry's 1997 book "The New War," addressed the issue of international crime and terrorism and that he has 18 years experience on international issues. There is only one candidate that can stand toe to toe with Kerry in the Democratic primary (on this issue) and that's Joe Lieberman. Graham and Gephardt also have some credibility on terrorism but I think its fair to say that they don't compare well to John Kerry.
Rand Beers was a top advisor to George Bush and to the last three elected Presidents- Reagan, Bush 1 and Clinton. I don't think it is coincidence that Beers is an expert on international crime. He knows who can handle the issue best: John Forbes Kerry.