Just say no
"If we weren't fighting the terrorists in Baghdad, we'd be fighting them in Boston, New York, Washington, L.A." -- House Majority Leader John Boehner, on "Hardball," Sept. 27, 2006
No, if we weren't grinding away lives and resources in Baghdad, you know what we'd be doing in Boston, New York, Washington and Los Angeles? We'd be welcoming our troops home and congratulating them for capturing Osama bin Laden and kicking al-Qaeda's ass up and down Afghanistan.
UPDATE: And Saddam would be contained with weapons inspectors making sure we knew he wasn't reconstituting his WMD programs. And the United States would enjoy the respect and cooperation of the entire civilized world.
In short, we'd be safer and stronger.