Blowing in the wind

by Russ Roberts on February 8, 2008

in Politics

I’m writing a piece on how politicians use rhetoric to win votes but ignore that rhetoric when they’re in office. Here’s a beauty, a quote from George Bush in a debate with Al Gore on October 3, 2000:

I would take the
use of force very seriously.  I would be guarded in my approach.  I
don’t think we can be all things to all people in the world.  I think
we’ve got to be very careful when we commit our troops.  The vice
president and I have a disagreement about the use of troops.  He
believes in nation building.  I would be very careful about using our
troops as nation builders.  I believe the role of the military is to
fight and win war and therefore prevent war from happening in the
first place.


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