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election readings

November 1, 2004

russ baker, guerilla news network: bush wanted to invade iraq if elected in 2000:

two years before the september 11 attacks, presidential candidate george w. bush was already talking privately about the political benefits of attacking iraq, according to his former ghost writer, who held many conversations with then-texas governor bush in preparation for a planned autobiography. he was thinking about invading iraq in 1999, said author and journalist mickey herskowitz. it was on his mind. he said to me: one of the keys to being seen as a great leader is to be seen as a commander-in-chief. and he said, my father had all this political capital built up when he drove the iraqis out of kuwait and he wasted it. he said, if i have a chance to invade.if i had that much capital, im not going to waste it. im going to get everything passed that i want to get passed and im going to have a successful presidency.

george soros, speech delivered at the national press club, october 28, 2004, washington, d.c.: why we must not re-elect president bush:

an open society is always in danger. it must constantly reaffirm its principles in order to survive. we are being sorely tested, first by 9/11 and then by president bush’s response. to pass the test we must face reality instead of finding solace in false certainties. this election transcends party loyalties. our future as an open society depends on resisting the siren’s song.

[indirectly via ‘not an artist‘]


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