Skip to comments.Gore: Bush's Iraq war push makes world more dangerous
Posted on 09/23/2002 2:03:47 PM PDT by OldeconomybuyerEdited on 04/13/2004 2:41:02 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Al Gore harshly criticized President Bush's push for war against Iraq, saying Monday that it weakens America's effort to combat terrorism and forever could damage the nation's standing in the world.
"After Sept. 11, we had enormous sympathy, goodwill and support around the world," Gore said. "We've squandered that, and in one year we've replaced that with fear, anxiety and uncertainty, not at what the terrorists are going to do but at what we are going to do."
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If our $trillions in economic, military, food and medical aid to the world since WW2 has not garnered goodwill around the world, what will?
We surely don't need sympathy........only Tipper needs massive doses of that.
We need to instill FEAR in our enemies!!
Yes we have and its a good thing. Every world despot and terrorists now knows fear, anxiety and uncertainty, which I must assume Al Bore doesn't like.
Does this not sound like he is likening the U.S. to the terrorists?
This sounds like treason to me.
|Mon Sep 23, 5:03 PM ET|
Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife Tipper Gore, left, are greeted at a hotel in San Francisco, Monday Sept. 23, 2002. In his first major speech on the Iraq situation, the once and possibly future Democratic presidential candidate harshly criticized President Bush's push for war against Iraq, saying it has hurt the United States' standing and could dangerously undermine the rule of law around the world. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Start the presses; I want one of those T-shirts!
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright wasted no time denouncing Senator Jesse Helms' address to the UN. Using an opportunity to meet with the UN Security Council, Secretary Albright sought to smooth ruffled feathers among her former colleagues.
"Let me be clear," she said. "Only the president and the executive branch can speak for the United States." - Secretary of State Madeline Albright, Jan. 2000
Dear Mr. Gore, your "friends" and the press are telling you a big fib. You are not the President. You are a Poophead.
I believe the official expression used in Kindergarten Cop is "Poo-poo head." Editorial license used and these views do not necessarily represent the views of other members of this wise and well-behaved body of Freepers.
"After Sept. 11, we had enormous sympathy, goodwill and support around the world," Gore said. "We've squandered that, and in one year we've replaced that with fear, anxiety and uncertainty, not at what the terrorists are going to do but at what we are going to do." -- Al GoreThe dropping of veil will still any lingering doubts that America elected the right President for this crisis. Half of all American voters, and perhaps more than that, preferred Albert Gore to George Bush as President. By any rational calculation, Gore would have been President, were it not for a freak occurence on the Constitutional cusp. It was like a dime standing on edge.
Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget - lest we forget!
For heathen heart that puts her trust
In reeking tube and iron shard--
All valiant dust that builds on dust,
And guarding, calls not Thee to guard--
For frantic boast and foolish word,
Thy mercy on Thy people, Lord!
A speech specially modified for the Wild West, I guess. LOL
Namely: "In 1998, Saddam Hussein unilaterally announced that he was terminating the UN weapons inspectors without them being finished with the job. The Clinton Administration did NOTHING to stop Saddam from doing that, which directly led to the scary scenario we face today about what, and how much WMD Saddam has. Tell the American people, Mr. Gore, why you and Clinton allowed Saddam to bring us to the dangerous point he has today?"
I have yet to see this crucial aspect of the upcoming war with Iraq even DISCUSSED on television by anybody. Hannity & O'Reily included.
From Rush Limbaugh:
On Friday, I brought those of you who now say we should just leave Saddam alone some of the most hawkish statements you've ever heard on Iraq. Did they come from the Bush White House in 2002? No, they came from our so-called allies Canada, France and Germany in February of 1998.
You can read the statements of these three nations using this link, and then read the statements from many of our other now-wimpy-then-wise allies in the full State Department transcript. We've already documented Bill Clinton and his administration saying the same things about Iraq and Saddam Hussein back in 1998 that were said in 1990-91 and that are being said by the current administration.
We've documented how Democrats like Tom Daschle were tripping over each other to beat the war drum back then. Now we see the truth: these liberals, as well as the ones in Europe and north in Canada, just went along with the rhetoric because they knew it was BS. On February 19,1998, Prime Minister Jean Chretien of Canada said, "If we do not act, if we do not stand up to Saddam, that will encourage him to commit other atrocities." Today, he's Saddam's best friend in North America simply by refusing to help stop him.
The fact that we may fight back without the UNs approval is unsettling. - Tom
In a speech February 12 , his first major political address since the US Supreme Court stopped a vote count in Florida and handed the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush, the Democratic presidential candidate, Al Gore, declared his full support to the Bush administrations plans for expanded warfare in the Middle East. Gore called for a final reckoning with Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.
The former vice president recalled that he was among a small group of Democratic senators who backed the first President Bush in his decision to dispatch a huge army to the Middle East and go to war against Iraq over Kuwait. His only criticism of the Persian Gulf War was that it did not go far enough and was ended with Saddam Hussein still in power.
Gore added, So this time, if we resort to force, we must absolutely get it right. It must be an action set up carefully and on the basis of the most realistic concepts. Failure cannot be an option, which means that we must be prepared to go the limit. And wishful thinking based on best-case scenarios or excessively literal transfers of recent experience to different conditions would be a recipe for disaster.
On May 23 , Vice President Al Gore addressed AIPAC's annual policy conference. His speech included a short section on Iraq:
We have made it clear that it is our policy to see Saddam Hussein gone. We have sought coalitions of opponents to challenge his power from within or without. I have met with the Iraqi resistance, and I have invited them to meet with me again next month when I will encourage them to further unite in their efforts against Saddam.
"We have maintained sanctions in the face of rising criticism, while improving the oil-to-food program to help the Iraqi people directly. We have used force when necessary. And we will not let up in our efforts to free Iraq from Saddams rule. Should he think of challenging us, I would strongly advise against it.
As a Senator, I voted for the use of force. As Vice President, I supported the use of force. And if entrusted with the Presidency, my resolve will never waver."