With A Little Help From Our Friends
Once we clarify that Kerry does not plan to "ask permission" of France, Germany, or the UN to defend us, as they falsely claimed, there remains a real issue here. It should be easy to convince people in the middle that we can more effectively fight the war on terrorism with allies at our side.
American defends itself when needed--but has always done so with allies when needed. France supported us in the American Revolution. Democratic Presidents won two world wars in the 20th century with allies. Our allies in NATO helped win the cold war. It will also be easier to beat terrorists if we don't try to do it alone.
We would have also been better off in Iraq if we had allies fighting with us. Even Bush's father understood that. While I doubt we would have been in Iraq if Kerry was President, imagine if it had still come to war. Under Bush, we quickly went thru areas, defeated the Iraqi army, and moved on. We now face the consequences of this as this allowed for anti-American forces to become established.
We would have been much better off if we had German or French peace keeper troops to stabilize these areas.
If we are to win the war on terrorism, a goal which Bush has flip flopped on recently, our chances are much greater with assistance from other nations. History has taught the lesson of what happens to empires which become over-extended. Of course, we know that George Bush does not read history (or much of anything else more complicated than My Pet Goat).