More Dean-ness

He just keeps talking and talking.

Who’s Causing Division?

The Republican Party would never win elections if they came out and said their core agenda was about selling America piece by piece to their campaign contributors and making sure that wealth and power is concentrated in the hands of a few.

To distract people from their real agenda, they run elections based on race, dividing us, instead of uniting us. [???]

If any politician tries to win an election by turning America into a battle of us versus them, we’re going to respond with a politics that says that we’re all in this together – that we want to raise our children in a world in which they are not taught to hate one another, because our children are not born to hate one another.

–from “Restoring the American Community”
on Dean’s official campaign website

You Guys Tried This One Before — It’s Called “HillaryCare”

The 56-year-old doctor said one of the main reasons he entered the presidential race was to push for health insurance for all Americans.

–from “Dean Talks to Arizona on Series of Issues,”
Arizona Republic, December 17, 2003

Dean’s Way = Saddam in Power

Let me be clear: My position on the war has not changed.

The difficulties and tragedies we have faced in Iraq show that the administration launched the war in the wrong way, at the wrong time, with inadequate planning, insufficient help, and at unbelievable cost. An administration prepared to work with others in true partnership might have been able, if it found no alternative to Saddam’s ouster, to then rebuild Iraq with far less cost and risk.

How So?

[T]he capture of Saddam has not made America safer.

???But Not Saddam’s Terror

During the past dozen years, I have supported U.S. military action to roll back Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, to halt ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, to stop Milosevic’s campaign of terror in Kosovo, to oust the Taliban and al Qaeda from control in Afghanistan. As President, I will never hesitate to deploy our armed forces to defend our country and its allies, and to protect our national interests.

When Did These Weaknesses Develop? Under Bush or Clinton?

Leadership also is critically needed to strengthen America’s intelligence capabilities. The failure of warning on 9-11 and the debacle regarding intelligence on Iraq show that we need the best information possible about efforts to organize, finance and operate terrorist groups; about plans to buy, steal, develop, or use weapons of mass destruction; about unrest overseas that could lead to violence and instability.

To Which “Unilateral Action” Are You Referring?

America should never be afraid to act alone when necessary. But we must not choose unilateral action as our weapon of first resort.

Like in Iraq?

. . . And a core objective of this alliance must be a dramatically intensified global effort to prevent the most deadly threat of all the danger that terrorists will acquire weapons of mass destruction: nuclear, biological, and chemical arms.

Wasn’t Bush in the National Guard?

As President, I will strengthen the National Guard’s role at the heart of homeland security. Members of the Guard have always stood ready to be deployed overseas for limited periods and in times of crisis and national emergency. But the Iraq war has torn tens of thousands of Guard members from their families for more than a year. It also deprived local communities of many of their best defenders.

The Guard is an integral part of American life, and its main mission should be here at home, preparing, planning, and acting to keep our citizens safe.