Foreign issues – particularly the war on terror and the war in Iraq – are having an impact on this year’s U.S. Senate race in Missouri. Incumbent Republican Senator Christopher Bond concedes bad intelligence is to blame for a lot of the problems that led to the World Trade Center attack, but at least America now knows what it’s up against. He points out the intelligence has improved and continues to improve. Democrat Nancy Farmer concedes intelligence from our allies and elsewhere might not have been the best, but we must now work closely with our allies to deal with the terrorist problem that exists in Iraq. Farmer wants to see the U.S. put more troops on the ground in Iraq. Bond says he goes along with what the generals in Iraq say on the subject – that there are enough American military men and women already there. He says it’s time to get on with the job of training Iraqis to take over.
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