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  •  Changing the World (none)
    Like you, I see that as chilling rhetoric, especially coming from the front man for as sinister a group as we have running this administration.

    But that type of vague talk would be interpreted many ways across the broad spectrum of the American electorate.  The challenge is to use that statement to back up the reality of what they are doing, and that what they are doing is wrong on every level.

    If we phrase it, "Yes, they are changing the world - to be dominated by American imperialism, to ruthlessly oppress other nations whose resources we covet", they may resonate with many.

    "Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just." - Thomas Jefferson

    by Wally on Fri Apr 16, 2004 at 01:14:14 PM PDT

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    •  I feel you're missing my point (none)
      BushCo spent a lot of time laying the groundwork to go into Iraq. The groundwork they laid was "terrorism linked to Iraq" and "Iraq with WMDs".

      They laid no groundwork for "changing the world". In fact, Bush ran in 2000 on having a "humble foreign policy". At heart, the majority of Americans are isolationists. They're not going to jump on this boat, beyond the expected "support the troops" sentiment.

      As it becomes more and more clear that the Bush administration does not have the troops' best interests at heart, as the tours of duty extend and the death toll rises, support for Bush's war will continue to drop off. At one point, it was 70% pro. It's in the 50s now.

      My country, right or wrong; if right, to be kept right; and if wrong, to be set right. Sen Carl Schurz

      by Bill Rehm on Fri Apr 16, 2004 at 02:22:22 PM PDT

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      •  Bush's Support (none)
        We both want his support to drop, but my concern is after all that his happened over the past 3 years, why hasn't his support stopped altogether?  I hope he gets voted out, but that he is still in the running is not encouraging.  Bush won't be going into much detail about "changing the world", that is a code phrase that shores up his support with the neocons and end-of-the-worlders.

        He has our military in a trap they were only too willing to rush pell-mell into.  Now managing them is as simple as action-reaction for as long as they like.

        After Nov public opinion won't matter to much if they are still in office.

        If feel they used the reasons they did to get into Iraq as a smokescreen, as Wolfowitz said, "WMD was the one thing everyone could agree on".  

        Acquiescence to imperialism is what they agreed on, fear is the screen they used to hide the truth, dereliction of duty is their legacy.

        "Indeed, I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just." - Thomas Jefferson

        by Wally on Fri Apr 16, 2004 at 03:18:57 PM PDT

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