- Barach Obama, Oct. 2002
"I am deeply concerned that the policy we are presently following with respect to Iraq has the potential to seriously damage our ability to win the war against terrorism and to weaken our ability to lead the world in this new century. . . I don't think that we should allow anything to diminish our focus on avenging the 3,000 Americans who were murdered and dismantling the network of terrorists who we know to be responsible for it. . . Nevertheless, President Bush is telling us that the most urgent requirement of the moment - right now - is not to redouble our efforts against Al Qaeda, not to stabilize the nation of Afghanistan after driving his host government from power, but instead to shift our focus and concentrate on immediately launching a new war against Saddam Hussein. And he is proclaiming a new, uniquely American right to pre-emptively attack whomsoever he may deem represents a potential future threat."
- Al Gore, Sept. 2002
"intelligence reports show that Saddam Hussein has worked to rebuild his chemical and biological weapons stock, his missile delivery capability, and his nuclear program. He has also given aid, comfort, and sanctuary to terrorists, including Al Qaeda members . . . if left unchecked, Saddam Hussein will continue to increase his capacity to wage biological and chemical warfare, and will keep trying to develop nuclear weapons."
-- Hillary Clinton, October 10, 2002
I like Obama. He usually says what he believes and appears to be a man of character. Despite his relative inexperience, he is arguably more experienced than either Bush or, for that matter, Lincoln. He posesses good judgement and the kind of rational restraint and level-headedness needed not only to properly defend the country and the Constitution, but also to bring about reform.
That said, I would rather vote for Al Gore, if only because he is the most experienced, intellectual, and electable candidate, and I hope he does finally decide to run.
I fear that Al Gore will do his country a considerable disservice if he does not choose to do so, because, barring some considerable debate victories and a huge grassroots effort, I do not believe Obama will be able to beat Clinton.
The break from politics has done Al Gore good, and has, if anything, helped to make him one of the most intellectually rigorous and focused individuals in world today. Compared to the rest of the candidates, he's starting to look downright Jeffersonian, and, frankly, in a debate, he would eat Hillary Clinton for lunch. In my mind, he clearly deserves the office.