11/19/2005

Trudi Loh: Gore's Crystal Ball - Yahoo! News

I felt the need to re-read some of the remarks made by Vice President
Al Gore at the Commonwealth Club on September 9th, 2002, prior to the vote authorizing Bush to invade
Iraq.
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I believe that 1) It is the Republicans who are trying to rewrite history and have now and always been playing politics with the issue of Iraq and 2) Al Gore must be the smartest man in politics, or he has a crystal ball.

Quoted remarks are Gore’s. Bracketed words mine. Emphasis added.

“I believe we should focus our efforts first and foremost against those who attacked us on September 11th and who have thus far gotten away with it. The vast majority of those who sponsored, planned and implemented the cold-blooded murder of more than 3,000 Americans are still at large, still neither located nor apprehended, much less punished and neutralized. I do not believe that we should allow ourselves to be distracted from this urgent task simply because it is proving to be more difficult and lengthy than was predicted. Great nations persevere and then prevail. They do not jump from one unfinished task to another. We should remain focused on the war against terrorism.”

[Yes Al we should have]

“I believe that we are perfectly capable of staying the course in our war against Osama Bin Laden and his terrorist network, while simultaneously taking those steps necessary to build an international coalition to join us in taking on
Saddam Hussein in a timely fashion. If you're going after Jesse James, you ought to organize the posse first. Especially if you're in the middle of a gunfight with somebody who's out after you.”

[Yea, you are right again]

“I am deeply concerned that the course of action that we are presently embarking upon with respect to Iraq has the potential to seriously damage our ability to win the war against terrorism and to weaken our ability to lead the world in this new century.”

[Yep – sure has!]

...

“If what America represents to the world is leadership in a commonwealth of equals, then our friends are legion. If what we represent to the world is empire, then it is our enemies who will be legion.”

[So that what we call all those protestors – a legion of enemies …]

[ Sigh. What a different world it would be. I guess there was a good reason this man won the popular vote]


Trudi Loh: Gore's Crystal Ball - Yahoo! News

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