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  •  I disagree somewhat with Ritter (4+ / 0-)

    I don't think Gore would have invaded Iraq, but I do think he would have maintained the status quo of embargo and occasional bombings.

    •  Yes, it was educated speculation used to make (1+ / 0-)
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      a point rather than a serious prediction.

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      by Terra Mystica on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 08:05:47 AM PST

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    •  IMO, (0+ / 0-)

      Gore would've worked the UN to force UN inspectors (with  intrusive inspections) back into Iraq and taken it from there.

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      by NeuvoLiberal on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 02:32:54 PM PST

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      •  It really is hard to say... (0+ / 0-)

        ....what Gore would have done had he not been shut out of power after 2001. That certainly gave him a lot more freedom to say what he really thought. I know there would have been a lot of pressure from the neocons to at the least follow in Clinton's path on Iraq. Though, I do think Gore would have resisted them at least somewhat.

        •  asdf (3+ / 0-)
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          "Clinton's path" sort of hit the brickwall when Saddam kicked out UN inspectors after the bombing in 1998 ("operation desert fox" as I recall).

          Gore's main thinking on Iraq appears to have always been to keep Saddam in compliance with the UN agreements/resolutions. However, you're right in that, with neocons fingering all over the place (PNAC came out in the late 90s, right), there would've been considerable pressure on Gore to act hawkish.

          Note that Gore's Iraq speech went far beyond position taking; he laid out solid principles of foreign policy and international engagement in that speech (on the basis of which he made recommendations to the congress on how to act given Bush's proposed war adventure). For that reason, I think it was one of most powerful/landmark American foreign policy speeches ever.

          All in all, while Gore was never a "peacenik" and he was always for keeping the US military the strongest in the world, I think he was also for a judicious use of that power and for using multilateralism/diplomacy as much as possible (except when the US and its interests are imminently threatened.)

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          by NeuvoLiberal on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 04:21:25 PM PST

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    •  just an occasional bombing (0+ / 0-)

      no biggie.

      Not criticizing you, just thinking about how Americans would react to that phrase if used about our country. "Oh, we'll only receive an occasional bombing. Could be worse."

      "A society based on cash and self-interest is not a society at all, but a state of war." - William Morris

      by mieprowan on Wed Dec 10, 2008 at 04:30:04 PM PST

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