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many a good man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:20 PM
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Al Gore should call for Rumsfeld's dismissal
I know Al's trying to stay "above politics" while getting his message on the climate crisis out, but nothing can better illustrate the practical consequences of our fossil fuel addiction than our current involvement in the Middle East.

Every American know in his and her bones that the only reason we're over there is because of OIL.

Climate change threatens life in the decades to come. Our thirst for oil is threatening our national security right now.

Al Gore should speak out and advise the new Democratic majority Congress that takes power next January to block all defense appropriation bills until the president accepts Rumsfeld's resignation. His voice is needed more than ever right now. He is the only one that can concentrate the nation's attention on this ongoing fiasco and lead a drive for change.

Support for Rumsfeld is now indefensible given everything we now know. Rumsfeld's incompetence is costing our nation billions of dollars that are needed to help prepare the United States to face the energy and climate challenges of the 21st century. He must step down now along with the generals who are taking us further and further away from any hope of security.

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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:24 PM
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1. Al Gore called on Rumsfeld to resign after Abu Ghraib
...became public.
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AlGore-08.com Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:30 PM
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4. Gore first called for Rumsfeld's resignation on May 26, 2004
http://www.algore.org/index.php?option=com_content&task...

The True Meaning of Abu Ghraib
26 May 2004
Remarks to MoveOn PAC

(snip)

We simply cannot afford to further increase the risk to our country with more blunders by this team. Donald Rumsfeld, as the chief architect of the war plan, should resign today. His deputies Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith and his intelligence chief Stephen Cambone should also resign. The nation is especially at risk every single day that Rumsfeld remains as Secretary of Defense.

Condoleeza Rice, who has badly mishandled the coordination of national security policy, should also resign immediately.

George Tenet should also resign. I want to offer a special word about George Tenet, because he is a personal friend and I know him to be a good and decent man. It is especially painful to call for his resignation, but I have regretfully concluded that it is extremely important that our country have new leadership at the CIA immediately.

(more... )
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Greeby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:28 PM
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2. May 26th 2004
http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0527-01.htm

"We simply cannot afford to further increase the risk to our country with more blunders by this team. Donald Rumsfeld, as the chief architect of the war plan, should resign today. His deputies Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith and his intelligence chief Stephen Cambone should also resign. The nation is especially at risk every single day that Rumsfeld remains as Secretary of Defense."

"Condoleezza Rice, who has badly mishandled the coordination of national security policy, should also resign immediately." -snip-

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Cocoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:29 PM
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3. everybody and their uncle has called for Rummy to go
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many a good man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-03-06 07:43 PM
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5. He needs to take it to the next level
Talk is cheap. Leaders know how to turn talk into action. The "power of the purse" is the most powerful tool given to Congress to check the Executive. This is a specific way to DO SOMETHING to bring America out of her downward spiral.

Our main problem is communication. Al Gore's voice will rise above the din at this critical juncture.
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