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Friday, July 12, 2002
Over at The Stranger, Dan Savage supports invading Iraq and says:
...the recently unveiled Bush Doctrine (rough translation: If we think you're coming after us next Tuesday, we'll be bombing your ass flat this Tuesday) is a necessary evil.This doesn't seem to be a very accurate description of this doctrine. My translation: The United States reserves the right to label any country, group or individual as being terrorists without any evidence. The United States then reserves the right to do anything it wants to these countries, groups or individuals.
What I find interesting is how two years ago Savage spent a lot of time arguing that the people who wanted to vote for Ralph Nader should vote for Al Gore. At one point he said:
This is a close race, and no one on either the left or the right has the luxury of tossing away their vote on a vanity candidate. Hey, lefties, why do you think Buchanan isn't getting any traction on the right? Because hard-right wackos can tell the difference between Bush and Gore, and they would rather see Bush in the White House. Gee, if the right-wing wackos think there's a difference between Bush and Gore, how come the left-wing wackos don't? Could it be that the left-wing wackos are... WRONG? Putting Bush in the White House not only won't create a viable third party, but will have devastating consequences for women, gays and lesbians, the environment, the Supreme Court, and the poor--hey, that's everyone and everything Nader voters claim to give a shit about!Hey, jingoist sex columnist, can you now see why people like me voted for Nader? We didn't want someone like Gore in office who pursue policies similar to those of Bush.
I guess this gets at something that I think many liberals who voted for Gore didn't understand then and probably never will. Most who voted for Nader, including me, weren't voting for him and not Gore because they agreed with Nader on more issues. Rather it was because the two came from a different space in the political spectrum. And Nader is at least closer to where we stand.