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  • Al Gore, George Bush & The Assault on Reason

    by Leon
    24th May, 2007 at 5:11 pm    

    Al Gore, the man who would be President once upon a time, has a new book out this week ‘The Assault on Reason‘, it’s previewed in the Guardian today. It’s a remarkably strong damnation of President Bush and his time in office and looks like it could be a good read. It could also easily be read as the beginning of a manifesto for his Presidential candidacy…

    Obama and Clinton watch out, if he decides to run the best you can hope for is the Vice Presidency!

    The pursuit of “dominance” in foreign policy led the Bush administration to ignore the UN, to do serious damage to our most important alliances, to violate international law, and to cultivate the hatred and contempt of many in the rest of the world. The seductive appeal of exercising unconstrained unilateral power led this president to interpret his powers under the constitution in a way that brought to life the worst nightmare of the founders.

    Any policy based on domination of the rest of the world not only creates enemies for the US and recruits for al-Qaida, but also undermines the international cooperation that is essential to defeating terrorists who wish to harm and intimidate America. [Via The Guardian]

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    1. Ms_Xtreme — on 24th May, 2007 at 5:33 pm  

      He should’ve been president seven years ago. But monkey boy stole the votes the way he picks Saudi bananas.


    2. Riz — on 25th May, 2007 at 12:16 am  

      It’s interesting that the front cover of the US version of this book is quite minimalist and sleek looking and is titled ‘The Assault on Reason’, while on it goes by the slightly longer ‘The Assault on Reason: How the Politics of Fear, Secrecy and Blind Faith Subvert Wise Desicion-Making, Degrade Democracy and Imperil America and the World.’

      …talk about spelling it out.

    3. Sunny — on 25th May, 2007 at 12:47 am  

      heh, that’s funny Riz.

    4. bananabrain — on 25th May, 2007 at 9:49 am  

      so is the fact that this is the same al gore who let his wife get away with starting the

      forget this will i never - and nor should anyone else who believes adults should be allowed to create art freely.



    5. Leon — on 25th May, 2007 at 10:07 am  

      I don’t agree with everything he’s said or his wife has done (weren’t they also big supporters of the V chip?) but the extracts linked to above are compelling reading.

      Got the book on order, will post up some thoughts on it once its read (in all honestly with my backlog of books to get through that’ll probably be this time next year…!).

    6. The Common Humanist — on 25th May, 2007 at 11:01 am  

      Bananabrain, Leon,

      Yeah, cause those two things easily match up to what Bush has done……….

      Talk abut moral relativism.

    7. Leon — on 25th May, 2007 at 11:04 am  

      Wait a sec, I didn’t say they did! Can’t we present a naunced view of a politician or are we simply to enjoy the merry go round of ‘us vs them’ all the time?

    8. bananabrain — on 25th May, 2007 at 12:47 pm  

      and can’t i be rude about al gore and his wife (and you should hear how his cousin gore vidal talks about him) without somebody complaining that i have a greater duty to be rude about george bush? i’m no great fan of bush, but i refuse to drop everything in order to make him into the fount of all the world’s ills.



    9. Refresh — on 25th May, 2007 at 1:37 pm  

      I liked the V-chip. Choice choice choice.

    10. Soso — on 25th May, 2007 at 3:44 pm  

      Any policy based on domination of the rest of the world not only creates enemies for the US and recruits for al-Qaida, but also undermines the international cooperation that is essential to defeating terrorists who wish to harm and intimidate America

      Leon, Gore was vice-president for 8 years and during those 8 years the U.S. did a great deal to help the Muslim world. Yet what did the U.S. recieve in return? Did you see a spirit of cooperation emerge between the Muslim world and America after all those years of aid and dialogue?

      Another thing, mr global warming’s career is due to the petroleum lobbies. His father spend decades going up to bat for various oil interests. It was oil that got the Gores into Washington’s power circles.

      So here’s my question; just what is the size of Al Gore’s carbon butt-print?

      The choices for ’08 ( both parties) are the poorest in decades.

    11. Robert — on 25th May, 2007 at 8:45 pm  

      With all this talk about Gore maybe running for President, and how “Obama or Hilary could then only hope for the Vice-Presidency”, makes me feel uneasy.

      I can’t quite put my finger on it, but there is this nagging doubt that everyone would quite like to see a black Vice-President, or a woman Vice-President, do the No.2 job before someone of that gender/colour gets the top job.

      I’m not saying that you are saying that, Leon. Just that you’ve annunciated something in the air. Or am I being paranoid?

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