30 issues: has the iraq war made us safer?

It may be the most important issue in this election, it's certainly one of the most emotional, whatever one's answer to the question. Last Thursday night President Bush and John Kerry spent the vast majority of what had been billed as the foreign policy-focused debate disagreeing about Iraq.

Kerry: "The president just talked about Iraq as a center of the war on terror. Iraq was not even close to the center of the war on terror before the president invaded it."

Bush: "The biggest disaster that could happen is that we not succeed in Iraq. We will succeed. We've got a plan to do so. And the main reason we'll succeed is because the Iraqis want to be free."

[Washington Post: the transcript]
Today Max Boot and George A. Lopez face off on the question "has the Iraq war made us safer?"

Max Boot: Iraq could still go either way

George A. Lopez: containment helped destroy Saddam Hussein's war machine