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Gore Assails Bush Policies in U.S., Iraq
Associated Press ^ | Thu, Aug 07, 2003 | RICHARD PYLE

Posted on 08/07/2003 2:18:20 PM PDT by presidio9

Emerging from the political shadows, former Vice President Al Gore (news - web sites) upbraided President Bush (news - web sites) on Thursday for pursuing a divisive, ideologically narrow agenda and misleading the nation on issues from Iraq (news - web sites) to the economy.

The 2000 presidential nominee delivered the major policy address amid calls from some Democratic quarters for Gore to change his mind and join the crowded field of nine White House candidates. He tried to end that kind of talk with a simple declaration: "I am not going to join them, but later in the political cycle I will endorse one of them."

The Democrat who won the popular vote but lost the electoral tally in a disputed election used the 35-minute speech to offer a biting critique of Bush's policies, and argue that the nation is headed in the wrong direction.

"Millions of Americans now share a feeling that something pretty basic has gone wrong in our country, and that some important American values are being placed at risk, and they want to set it right," Gore told an audience at New York University.

Gore credited Bush for deposing Afghanistan (news - web sites)'s Taliban rulers and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein (news - web sites), but he said the administration's unilateral approach to the war against Iraq has put American troops at excessive risk, alienated allies and is leaving the United States to foot the full reconstruction bill.

"Too many of our soldiers are paying the highest price for the strategic miscalculations, serious misjudgments and historic mistakes that have put them and our nation in harm's way," Gore said.

His comments came on the same day two U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq, bringing to 55 the number killed in combat since Bush declared major fighting ended May 1.

Echoing the recent criticism from several of the Democratic presidential candidates, Gore said the administration launched the Iraq war under false pretenses, including claims that Saddam was involved in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and was poised to provide terrorists with chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

Bush also used secrecy, false impressions and "a systematic effort to manipulate facts" to promote his tax cuts and provide a rationale for withdrawing from arms control and environmental treaties, said Gore. He called the federal budget deficit, projected at $455 billion, "an emerging fiscal catastrophe."

Members of the Bush administration "feel as if they already know the truth and aren't very curious to learn about any facts that might contradict it... The members of their ideological coalition are true believers in each other's agendas."

In Crawford, Texas, where Bush is vacationing, White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan dismissed Gore's criticism, saying, "I think the American people know the president's commitment to the security of the United States and to winning the war on terrorism, our economic security."

Gore addressed some 600 members of the liberal activist group Moveon.org, which earlier this year held an online presidential primary in which Howard Dean, a staunch foe of the war, finished first. Gore drew the loudest applause and a standing ovation when he called for Bush to rein in Attorney General John Ashcroft (news - web sites) and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

He complained that Ashcroft was responsible for "gross abuses of civil rights" under the Patriot Act enacted after the terrorist attacks, and faulted Rumsfeld for a Pentagon (news - web sites) surveillance plan that he said was "right out of George Orwell's '1984.'"

Gore, who has been teaching at UCLA and two universities in his home state of Tennessee, delivered his last policy speech nearly a year ago when he expressed his misgivings about the war against Iraq.

His New York speech came a day after former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo urged him to join the Democratic presidential primary, complaining that all that emerged from the current field was "babble."

At least one presidential contender, former Vermont Gov. Dean, praised Gore's speech.

"I thank Vice President Al Gore for standing up to this administration and using his position as a respected leader in our party to speak about truth, integrity and real compassion — three values that are sorely lacking in this White House and administration," Dean said in a statement.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004; algore; algorelostgetoverit; armchairpresidents; electionpresident

1 posted on 08/07/2003 2:18:20 PM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9
To be such an enviro whacko, Al contributes more greenhouse gasses with one speech than an entire planet of flatulent cows.
2 posted on 08/07/2003 2:21:03 PM PDT by Paul Atreides
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To: Paul Atreides

3 posted on 08/07/2003 2:23:42 PM PDT by presidio9 (RUN AL, RUN!!!)
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To: presidio9
"I want to be president because I don't want to go back to pig farming"

" I said your right hand you big dummy! "

4 posted on 08/07/2003 2:26:49 PM PDT by NWO Slave
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To: presidio9
Just go away Algore.
5 posted on 08/07/2003 2:35:04 PM PDT by JOE6PAK (Ambivalent? Well, yes and no.)
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To: presidio9

What Al Gore would like for all of us to forget

Algore, when asked about his illegal fundraising activities that took place in a Buddhist temple.

"I didn't realize I was in a Buddhist temple."

Please...PLEASE give me your wonderful ChiCom Money!!!


6 posted on 08/07/2003 2:36:36 PM PDT by NWO Slave
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To: presidio9
Apparently Gore thinks the ol' democrat bag of tricks still works.
7 posted on 08/07/2003 2:42:54 PM PDT by rudypoot (99% of the lawyers make the rest look bad.)
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With the political circus going on in California, Gore will be lucky if he gets 15 seconds on this evening's national news.

Today's news is Schwartzenegger

8 posted on 08/07/2003 2:55:50 PM PDT by george wythe
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To: george wythe
THAT'S RIGHT!! Bawhahahhahhahaha....Dasshole is deeply, deeply, down right deeply, saddened! :)
9 posted on 08/07/2003 3:01:32 PM PDT by RoseofTexas (I)
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To: presidio9
Everytime I hear this loon give a speech I am thankful he did not become President.
Of course he was applauded by his left wing Bush hating audience. Big surprise.
10 posted on 08/07/2003 3:17:08 PM PDT by Jorge
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To: presidio9
Er...I'm sorry Al, I didn't catch your solution. What is it then?
11 posted on 08/07/2003 3:24:36 PM PDT by rvoitier (There's too many ALs in this world: Al Qaeda Al Jezeera Al Gore Al Sharpton Al Franken)
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To: presidio9
AlBore should take the advise in the group's name he was speaking to and MOVE ON.
12 posted on 08/07/2003 3:25:09 PM PDT by playball0 (Fortune favors the bold)
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To: presidio9
Thank God Al Gore Lost (and I do mean Lost) the election. Thank God George W. Bush won (and I do mean won and won big time) the Presidency of the United States of America.

Get over it Al and the rest of you dems. The election was fair and square. GWB won and you Al and your party couldn't take it. It didn't go your way initially so you had to press it on and it came back to bite you in the butt. So, keep yakking...it reminds people of why you lost.

George W. Bush is the man for the job and will be in the next four years as well.
13 posted on 08/07/2003 3:41:54 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: presidio9
Gore is a friggin moron. 1st rate mental midget.

The picture of him stomping around in Injun Country with an unloaded rifle, looking like a total idiot, proves my point.

Observe the slung ammo across his chest, and the rookie rigged ALICE pack containing 100 pounds more than he probably needed to hump that day.


Why is an idiot like that even allowed to talk out loud, much less criticize the President?

Go home AL Bore.......your pigs are calling you.
14 posted on 08/07/2003 4:07:34 PM PDT by judicial meanz
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To: presidio9
Politically, I would be much more concerned if one of the Dems, one with some military credibility, had been standing up for the war on terror right along, not limply "supporting the troops", but outspokenly supporting the war, with actual ideas for achieving victory. Such a person would be a real threat in the elections to president Bush.

A Dem who could be trusted to aggressively defend America would defuse foreign policy as an issue, and it would shift the campaign to issues the Dems like to run on, which is more government give-aways. Since most of the country does not yet agree with us on domestic issues, we would lose such a contest.

The tragedy is that there aren't any Dems who can be trusted with the defense of the US. Politically, if you are a Bush Republican, that is good news. Our country's loss is our party's gain. Sadly.
15 posted on 08/07/2003 7:00:48 PM PDT by marron
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To: presidio9
Beware of Hillary.
16 posted on 08/07/2003 11:31:17 PM PDT by Rudder
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To: presidio9
Algore is long on rhetoric and short on specific solutions. There's nothing here we didn't hear before the elections last year.
17 posted on 08/07/2003 11:35:45 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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