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  •  Iraq (0+ / 0-)

    Gore might not have intended to take the US to war in Iraq, but his vice presidential choice -- Joe Lieberman -- and a number of other members of the DLC would have been pushing for that course of action, as would the same Republicans who supported the war this time around.

    Perhaps Gore could have resisted political pressure to invade Iraq, but on things like, say, Florida recounts, he's never shown the bull-headedness of someone like LBJ, and even Johnson bowed to concerns about appearing weak on Communism in his decision to escalate the war in Vietnam. Would Gore have faced up to a flurry of fake documents leaked to Republican Congressmen and voices from within his own administration who were urging Saddam's removal? Or would he have done what much of the Democratic leadership did in 2002 and make a political decision to invade Iraq rather than look weak?

    Hard to say for sure. But there's absolutely no way Cohen can claim that "Gore would not have taken the United States to war in Iraq." If Cohen had been convinced by someone other than Busj with a bogus argument, he would have been right at the front lines calling Gore a wimp for not standing up for America. Anyone remember his comments on Naomi Wolf?

    Those who do not learn from history are stupid. --darrelplant

    by darrelplant on Tue Feb 27, 2007 at 01:43:58 AM PST

    •  Cohen is an offensive idiot (9+ / 0-)

      Why are people so convinced 9/11 would have happened if Gore had been president?

      I am sure it would have not.  Al Gore would have listened, he and Clinton's people had been watching and fighting for years.

      Most of all he wouldn't have an idiot National Security Advisor who would ignore precise warnings that the US was about to be attacked!

      Bush, as always, is given a total pass by our nauseating filthy journalists, I hope they rot in hell, the cretins.

      9/11 would have never happened, none of the horror would have, if they hadn't stolen the election.  They're trashed out country and ruined the democracy!

      •  Had 9/11 occured on Al's watch... (2+ / 0-)
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        ... he would have probably been impeached.  He certainly wouldn't have achieved the war hero status that Bush did.  The right wing noise machine would have blamed it all on him.

        How Bushie boy got away with it is beyond me.  It shows the power of the right wing media.



      •  Wasn't there an attack planned for 01/2000 (2+ / 0-)
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        that was detected and thwarted?  There were probably many such attempted acts of terrorism that we never heard about.  Previous administrations believed that it was their duty not just to keep us safe but also to keep us feeling safe, so they kept quiet about such failed attacks.  -- As opposed to the current administration which thinks it expedient to keep the populace in a constant state of fear: terrorism in the truest sense of the word.

        Our troops won the war. Bush lost the peace.

        by snazzzybird on Tue Feb 27, 2007 at 06:04:11 AM PST

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      •  You're pretty offensive yourself (0+ / 1-)
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        No longer commenting on substance. Snark is welcome.

        by Big Tent Democrat on Tue Feb 27, 2007 at 07:13:24 AM PST

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      •  Simplicity (0+ / 0-)

        I have no idea how you can be certain of such a thing, not that it's germane to the Iraq issue. Lieberman was arguing for Saddam's removal and calling him a threat to world security before 9/11.

        As to how the attacks could have taken place on Gore's watch? Well, the attacks were planned during Clinton's presidency. The guys who were involved first entered the country in the last year of the Clinton presidency. They had no idea who was going to be president when they tried to pull it off. It's possible they might have been caught, but then again they expected to get away with it from the start. There was a certain amount of redundancy in the plan. Who knows? Maybe there were other groups who didn't get to their assignments that day.

        Those who do not learn from history are stupid. --darrelplant

        by darrelplant on Tue Feb 27, 2007 at 09:35:58 AM PST

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