Loc: Pittsburgh, PA
You are giving a subjective value to "criticism" and "respect". Since this is nothing more than an opinion there isn't much for me to add to it other than simply that i disagree. <br><br>"That input really isn't needed nor welcomed."<br><br>It's there non the less. <br><br>
Loc: Alexandria, VA
You're absolutely right that I feel had Gore been President, he wouldn't have taken stong and decisive military action against al Qaeda. I look at Clinton's track record for insight.<br><br>Really? Considering that the military actions Clinton did make were almost immediately criticized as little more than political opportunism at the time, he certainly didn't have the support to do much more militarily than he did. I'd think that given the free political rein to take whatever action necessary post 9/11, Gore - or any other president for that matter - would have acted similarly to GWB ...<br><br>Look, I think everybody agrees that going into Afghanistan was the right thing to do - so props to GWB for doing the right thing ... but it was the obvious move, was widely supported both domestically and internationally and didn't exactly involve much tough-call making ... in short, it was an action probably *anybody* would have taken given the circumstances ...<br><br>But, this is all speculation - and as has been pointed out previously, criticizing somebody on the basis of speculative actions that they may or may not have taken is pretty silly ... after all, people have said 9/11 transformed an up-to-then lackluster Bush into a true leader - who's to say the same wouldn't have happened with Gore, Kerry, or whoever else was in office at the time?<br><br>=)<br><br>***matt<br><br>Turn up the signal, wipe out the noise ...
Yeah, I agree the Afghanistan invasion still feels justified.<br><br>Hey, you know at least there is one really good thing that has come out of the messy Iraq invasion - gas is cheap now! <br>Wait, no, its the highest its ever been.<br><br>Just kidding! <br><br>
Chilling words coming directly from the mouth of Rush Limbaugh:<br><br>"I don’t understand un-Americanism. I don’t understand the Kerrys of the world—and all the Democrats who want us to fail. I don’t understand the people who live—who were born and bred in this country, who grew up in this country—I don’t understand these people who do not believe in the greatness of this country—who think there are greater places in the world than this country. I don’t understand these people who think that we are the original sin of the world. I don’t understand it. Intellectually, I don’t understand. I know who they are; I know what they believe. But I can’t relate. I can’t possibly understand someone who hates this country who was born and raised here. . .I don’t understand what it is about this country that people distrust and do not like--and I'm talking about you liberals and you 60's Democrats in this country. "<br><br>When you've got this warped kind of mindset, and millions of his followers do, you're going to demonize Kerry or Gore or any Democrat. No matter what the crisis you've already decided that Democrats, liberal or in the center, hate America and are not capable of defending against our enemies. This is the strategy the GOP is advertising to destroy Kerry. It's all fear mongering and it sucks... and it may succeed.<br><br>The immediate response that thwarted those other attacks was closing the airports and restricting airspace. What makes you say Gore or Kerry would have denied that? Also from that article,"Al Qaeda's communications network was severely disrupted, operatives could no longer use satellite phones..." Why would Gore or Kerry would have denied that? <br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>It's all fear mongering and it sucks... and it may succeed.<p><hr></blockquote><p>And liberals / Democrats don't engage in this rhetoric? It's all comes exclusively from the right, right? From Al Franken to Michael Moore, no one on the left would ever engage in a "fear-mongering"strategy or campaign to destroy President Bush or his hopes for 2004, right? Give me a break.<br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>What makes you say Gore or Kerry would have denied that?<p><hr></blockquote><p>Maybe Gore woudln't have followed Clinton's lead, but I base my opinion on what the Clinton administration did in the face of terrorism during their eight years in office:<br><br><br><br>***********<br><br>[color:blue]as long as you're ordering double entendres, make mine a large, throbbing one</font color=blue>
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