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To: Spotsy
I think it is entirely unfair to attack anyone in a highly complex job after only 8 mos. Not only that, President Bush didn't get to have a transition team get into the White House and prepare to take over because of Gore's insistence on recounting dead men's votes in only 3 counties in Florida.

Likewise, once the Pres. did take over, do you remember that the Dem's took over the Senate when Jumpin' Jeffords Jumped!

The Dems IMMEDIATELY stalled the confirmation process for all of the President's people.

He didn't have his team in place until June. That means that he had only 3 months of real control before 9/11 hit.

It strikes me that John Kerry is FAR MORE culpable than is the President.
35 posted on 03/29/2004 10:35:20 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army and Proud of It!)
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To: xzins
I think it is entirely unfair to attack anyone in a highly complex job after only 8 mos. Not only that, President Bush didn't get to have a transition team get into the White House and prepare to take over because of Gore's insistence on recounting dead men's votes in only 3 counties in Florida.

Add to that the deliberate attempt to delay many of President Bush's appointments in key national security positions:

For months, Sen. Levin personally had held up the confirmation hearings of Bush's appointees who were to design the U.S. antiterrorism strategy - Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Douglas J. Feith, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Programs J.D. Crouch and Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Peter W. Rodman - refusing for apparently partisan purposes to allow them to take office until late July 2001. While Levin was holding up their appointments, the incoming Pentagon policy team had no legal or political authority to do their vital jobs - a fact that helps explain why it took eight months for the Bush administration to draw up a strategic operational plan to destroy al-Qaeda.

(Clinton) Holdovers in addition to Clarke) Held Up Security Strategy ("MUST READ")

44 posted on 03/30/2004 5:48:58 AM PST by Quilla
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To: xzins
I agree with all that you wrote . . .


I remember how badly everyone treated Bush between Jan 20 - Sept 11, 2001. The transition was difficult. Even the media treated him poorly - they practically boycotted George until 9/11.

I will never forgive Trent Lott and the Republicans for "sharing" leadership on the Hill - and I will never forget little Tommy Daschle dancing around the Capitol when Jeffords switched parties. The people of South Dakota would be dong this nation a great favor if they voted Tommy out of office this fall. His opponent, Thune, has a pretty good chance - just got a key Indian endorsement.

Anyway, Kerry should be made to eat the committee report you posted before he tries to utter one more word about Bush.
46 posted on 03/30/2004 5:52:00 AM PST by Spotsy (Bush-Cheney '04)
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