Talking Terror

Ever wish you could whisper in the president's ear? Give him advice on issues plaguing the nation? Well, here's your chance to tell the world what you would do if you were president of the United States. Each week we'll ask our readers a question about an issue facing the nation and post your responses here.

Today's question:

If YOU were president, what would you ask your counterterrorism team?

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Check out what FOX Fans are saying:

"If I were president, I would ask my team the following questions: 1) How many of you are learning to speak Arabic? 2) What is your reading list on Arab culture? 3) What are we doing to shape pubic opinion on Arab media about U.S. objectives in the Middle East? 4) What are we doing in our financial aid programs about getting Arab youth employed?" — Lee (River Falls, WI)

"If I were president, I would listen to my advisors and make the best decision needed to relieve Lebanon of Hezbollah and restore Beirut to the Paris of the East. I would ask my team what they believe to be the best way to root out terrorists in Iraq and Iran. I would ask them to use whatever means necessary." — Travis

"I would ask them out for a beer. I would tell them that they are doing a great job with a near impossible situation. I would remind them that every American that takes their lives for granted owes them a debt of gratitude. I would remind them that as president, I will continue to provide the tools necessary to find, fix, and destroy these terrorist at every turn." — Steve (Dothan, AL)

"I would direct my team to start the war with Iran using any excuse and I would turn Israel lose on Syria and get this mess over with." — Don (Jay, Oklahoma)

"I would ask how to counter-attack all sources that promote and supply terrorists worldwide." — Salvador

"As president, I would offer them a real way to know that they have been heard and that their suggestions will be acted upon. I would also ask them how to undo the mistakes of the Bush administration." — Linda (Raleigh, NC)

"I would ask them to come up with a plan that would really increase airport security, and stop the outrageous infringement of freedoms and inconvenience to law-abiding American ctizens who choose to fly." — Nathan (Lake Havasu City, AZ)

"I would ask them what resources they need to do their job and then do everything possible to get those resources to them." — Jim (Brennan, GA)

"I would ask my team if they actually understand what Iran is doing and how to stop them. I would want to know who on my team truly understood the cultures, history, and current players in the region. If they didn't, I would quickly find a new team." — Justin (Phoenix, AZ)
"I would do something that the Bush administration has failed to do — listen. I would just take in all of their expert advice and have an honest discussion about what needs to be done and what can be done. Then, I will give them the support and resources to do it." — Bobby (Austin, TX)
"I would ask them why the Brits handed us this information first. I would want to know who failed to discover this plot before the Brits did. I would want to know if anyone was actually doing their job." — Sue (Rome, GA)
"I would ask them why haven't we caught Usama bin Laden. I would ask them why have we made no progress on our border security. I would ask why our ports remain unmanaged and exposed. I doubt there would be any real answers." — Doug (Seattle, WA)
"I would ask my team to assess the possibility of an increased risk of terrorists coming across our porous southern border as we steadily tighten our port and airport security. I would also ask them to assess whether the next attempt by terrorists to smuggle explosives on planes might involve within-body transport, and what can we do to thwart such attempts. And finally, I would ask them to assess the effect on worldwide terrorism of neutralizing its chief backer, Iran, by shutting them down completely with a strategic electromagnetic pulse; at the same time weighing the political and economic consequences of such a move." — Ed (Redmond, WA)
"As president, I would ask my counterterrorism team what they have done to protect our schools. Nothing could hurt us more." — A concerned mother in New York
"I would ask my team, all politics aside, what will it take to defeat the terrorists? I want these guys stopped no matter what." — M. (New York, NY)
If I were president, I would ask my team why they have not eliminated every living thing that remotely looks, smells, or sounds like a terrorist. I would ask why Iran is still on the map." — J.D. (Las Vegas, NV)
"As president, I would beg — yes, beg — Colin Powell to come up with a successful military strategy in Iraq. It was a big mistake to let an experienced military and political genius get away." — O.
"I would ask my counterterrorism team what obstacles (political and otherwise) they were encountering that were impeding their ability to fight terrorism, and then I would do my best to clear those obstacles." — Jim (Milwaukee, WI)
"As opposed to the current president's actions, I would actually listen to what they have to say and act on their recommendations. I would not allow my selfish desires and goals in Iraq dissuade me from the real target of Usama bin Laden and Al Qaeda. I would focus all of the military might and resources we have left on targeting any country that supports terrorism. I would do the job that Bush fails to do to this day." — Ken (Knoxville, TN)
"No more taking the high road. I would instruct my team to fight terror with terror. Israel has the right idea: you identify a terrorist and you take down his house and the house of his family." — Norman
"I would ask our counterterrorism team what resources it requires to be as successful as possible. Whatever they needed and I deemed necessary would be given to them. I would not worry about being politically correct or hurting people's feelings. We are fighting for our lives." — Peter (Georgia)
"I would ask where is Usama bin Laden, Nasrallah, and Iman al Zawahiri? How can we better inform America without skepticism and criticism? How can we locate hidden weapons of mass destruction in Syria and Iran that we could not find in Iraq?" — Matt (Camden, TN)
"I would ask what the international community should be doing to undermine the credibility of the Terrorists' message. I would ask them to identify the root cause of the discontent that leads young individuals to join terrorist activities." — Bob (Van Nuys, CA)
"I would ask them where the greatest terrorist threat at this time is located? What can be done to quickly, and quietly, eliminate the threat? This would include using force if necessary." — Ric (Greenwich, CT)