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Saturday, April 24, 2004

The Deleted Text

Wednesday, April 21, 2004; Page A15

The Pentagon removed the following text from Bob Woodward's Oct. 23 interview with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld before posting the transcript on the Web:

I forget what year this is, 2004 or 1984

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Bush adddressing the troops delared, "By bringing hope to the oppressed and delivering justice to the violent, they are making America more secure."

Since 9/11, some intended attacks on Western interests have been intercepted, but many successful attacks have been carried out across the world, including in Casablanca, Riyadh, Karachi, Islamabad, Mombasa, Yemen and Bali. These have killed or injured well over 1,000 people, and there have also been numerous bomb attacks in the Philippines, substantial paramilitary actions by Chechen rebels and continuing violence in Israel/Palestine including repeated Israeli assassination attacks and Palestinian suicide bombs.

"While undoubtedly the Bush administration is leading the war against terrorism, it -- in an odd way - has also become the chief recruiter for al Qaeda," he said.

the frequency of terrorist acts worldwide attributed to al-Qaida has increased, compared to the pre-9/11 period. Baby al-Qaidas are being spawned in new regions of the world -- striking from Turkey to Spain, from Uzbekistan to Tunisia -- and a new generation of terrorists is stepping up to take the place of those killed in Afghanistan or detained in Guantanamo. Is the U.S. underestimating the enemy and not paying sufficient attention to al-Qaida again? Or is the war in Iraq and the grandiose scheme to democratize and reshape the Middle East it represents distracting the administration from the pursuit of the perpetrators of 9/11?

So to those that have the impression that America and the world is safer with Bush and the neo-con artists at the helm, well it's a cheap suit that may look good through the lense of political idolatry, but there's little reality to support it.

From the Democratic Platform 2000. Imagine if Al Gore were president, instead of the icompetent crowd of zealots we have now. A few more of Americas sons and daughters would still be alive, and the world would actually be safer, not another election year lie for Bush Inc..

While we must always stand prepared to use our military power when all other options fail, Forward Engagement also means addressing societal and political problems before they evolve into threats to our national security and values - before armed conflict becomes the only way to achieve our goals. And Forward Engagement means drawing on all three main sources of American power - military strength, a vibrant, growing economy, and a free and democratic political system - to advance our objectives around the world.
The Democratic Party believes that America's peace and security depend on our unflagging leadership and engagement in global affairs-and that Forward Engagement is the strategy that must guide us. We must maintain America's economic and military strength. We must also form partnerships to help solve global problems and take advantage of new global opportunities. That means we must deepen our key alliances, develop more constructive relationships with former enemies, and bring together diverse coalitions of nations to deal with new problems. America has a responsibility to lead - and should lead from within the international community.

At a time when new conditions require new thinking, the Republican Party offers little more than outdated positions and a narrow worldview that lets international problems fester.
Battling Terrorism. Whether terrorism is sponsored by a foreign nation or inspired by a single fanatic individual, such as Osama Bin Laden, Forward Engagement requires trying to disrupt terrorist networks, even before they are ready to attack. We must improve coordination internationally and domestically to share intelligence and develop operational plans. We must continue the comprehensive approach that has resulted in the development of a national counter-terrorism strategy involving all arms and levels of our government. We must continue to target terrorist finances, break up support cells, and disrupt training. And we must close avenues of cyber-attack by improving the security of the Internet and the computers upon which our digital economy exists.

As President, Al Gore will tolerate no attack against American interests at home or abroad: terrorists must know that if they attack America, we will never forget. We will scour the world to hunt them down and bring them to justice.

While fighting terrorism, we will protect the civil liberties of all Americans. Our justice system must guarantee fairness with procedures that protect the rights of the accused, even under the unusual circumstances of the investigation of threats to our national security. We must avoid stereotyping, for it defeats the highest purposes of our country if citizens feel automatically suspect by virtue of their ethnic origin. The purpose of terrorism is not only to intimidate, but also to divide and fracture, and we cannot permit that to happen.

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Well damn, Gary Hart has or had a blog. No new posts since November 2003. The following posts/essay can be found on his sight. Hope he eventually gets it up and runn'in again. Blog :: Gary Hart :: Restoring the American Republic

Civic patriotism still lives

Political leaders rise and fall. But the spirit of the nation lives on. Great leaders give the spirit of the nation life and meaning, and their historic gifts to our country are best defined by the way in which they capture the core of our beliefs and values and pass them on to the next generation.
John Kennedy did not fall. He was struck down. And, because he did not live his normal course, we are required on occasions such as this to consider yet again the ways in which he restored and renewed our nation's spirit.
The opportunity for all Americans to share in our country's economic growth is important to us all, and John Kennedy restored economic opportunity. The safety and security of our nation is imperative, and he guided us through the most dangerous single crisis in our nation's history. But even more than this, John Kennedy restored to our country's national discourse the idea of citizen duty, the nobility of public service, and the virtue of participation in our nation's life.
Twenty years after he challenged us to consider what we could do for our country, another president with starkly different values said that government, and by implication public service, was "the problem". It is no accident that political discourse has steadily declined since that time and that nobility of public service is being defiled by the barbarians.
Nevertheless, the ideal of civic duty, restored by John Kennedy from ancient Greece, lives on. To succumb to the notion that it's every man (or woman) for himself, and devil take the hindmost, is to surrender to the worst in human nature, to reduce human life to selfish acquisition, to deny mankind's essential social nature. Life is not merely "nasty, brutish, and short", as the new voices of the very old right proclaim. When we raise up our better natures, we acknowledge that we are all in this together, and to serve our nation and our society is to demonstrate, as Faulkner said, that mankind will not only endure, it will prevail.
John Kennedy would have been the first to laugh at any personal idolatry. But he would be--and perhaps is--pleased to know that four decades after he was struck down his memory is honored by a new generation picking up the torch of human nobility, of service, or duty, and of hoping for a better nation and a better future.

Gary Hart

November 22, 2003

I should be cynical enough at this point to believe the Bushies are capable of anything, but I link to this with some reservation. We need more facts. The military personnel required for a task like this would be enormous. One can't help but think that not every single soldier involved would be comfortable with what would amount to a horrible moral atrocity. Somewhere, someone along the line would come forth to expose it. On the other hand the koolaid kids are doing a good job of covering up the collective lies of Bush, Rice, and Ashcroft. We'll have to keep an eye out for how things develop. Scoop: New Reports on U.S. Planting WMDs in Iraq

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