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To: SBHX who wrote (148911)10/25/2004 9:37:51 AM
From: michael97123  Read Replies (1) | Respond to of 281500
 
"So yes, no WMD has hurt Bush significantly. This is really why the polls are so close."

I think its more the disaster on the ground since victory was declared. If it truly was an easy win, only ideologues on the left would have concentrated on the wmds, especially since everyone at the time believed they were there.
Other than that i agree with what you write. On FP, Kerry is what i would call a left wing pacifist by nature ever since his vietnam/post vn experience. His voting record leads me there in the 80s when he didnt support Reagan's move to tip the soviet empire. But that can be better explained by the prior 20 years of detentish cold war. So i can forgive him on that. But what i cant forgive him for is his opposition to the Gulf war which is what the democrats now use as the template for righteous coalitions. Bush is right when he says that if John Kerry had his way saddam would still be in kuwait. To be honest, saddam would probably be in Saudi Arabia as well. Mike



To: SBHX who wrote (148911)10/25/2004 4:06:55 PM
From: Michael Watkins  Respond to of 281500
 
But I think this time your approach is not very practical is it? I mean even corporations operating with smaller logistics than a nation only publishes an annual report once a year.

What I am calling for is for the people to take a more active role in calling the government to account - which for many would be spending at least as much time understanding how things work as they spend watching Survivor each week.

If politicians know they have a mentally engaged public watching what they are doing, they won't try or be able to slide as much crap past the electorate.

Bottom line: There isn't any reason at all to believe that Bush admin II will be any better than Bush admin I.

More of the same is not a formula for success.