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Autumn 2004
Issue #5
September-November 2004

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place
A Review of Aron Ralston's New Book

What goes through the mind of a man about to cut his arm off to save his own life? Aron Ralston details his days trapped in a Utah canyon and the many adventures that led him there.

Communication Pitfalls Within the Intelligence Community Leading up to 9/11
Melissa Bator
In an exclusive inquiry, Melissa Bator takes us through the details leading up to the attacks of September 11, 2001, and the missed opportunities the Intelligence Community had to connect the dots.

George W. Bush's Resume
Wondering about the man behind the rhetoric? Meniscus Magazine has helped George Bush update his resume. Afterall, the job market for an ex-president is tight. One word for you W: monster.com

Select Quotes from the 2004 DNC and RNC
Republicans, Democrats and the People speak! Read the slams and slogans that our presidential candidates and elected officials toss around like jell-o in a food fight.



Democratic and Republican
National Conventions

Published 9/25/04

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Below are quotes taken directly from the speeches given at the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention,
and photos of the people of Boston.

“When we send our young men and women into harm's way, we have a solemn obligation not to fudge the numbers or shade the truth about why they're going, to care for their families while they're gone, to tend to the soldiers upon their return, and to never ever go to war without enough troops to win the war, secure the peace, and earn the respect of the world.”

— Barack Obama U.S. Senate candidate, Illinois

“The men and women who wear the uniform of the United States represent the very best of America. They have the thanks of our nation. And they have the confidence, the loyalty and the respect of their commander in chief.”

— Dick Cheney, Vice President U.S.

“Americans long to be united. After 9/11, we all just wanted to be one nation. Not a single American on September the 12, 2001, cared who won the next presidential election.

The president had an amazing opportunity to bring the country together under his slogan of compassionate conservatism and to unite the world in the struggle against terror.

Instead, he and his congressional allies made a very different choice. They chose to use that moment of unity to try to push the country too far to the right and to walk away from our allies, not only in attacking Iraq before the weapons inspectors had finished their work, but in withdrawing American support for the climate change treaty, and for the international court on war criminals, and for the anti-ballistic missile treaty and from the nuclear test ban treaty.”

— Bill Clinton, Former U.S. President, 1993-2001

“I am running for president with a clear and positive plan to build a safer world and a more hopeful America. I am running with a compassionate conservative philosophy: that government should help people improve their lives, not try to run their lives.”

— George W. Bush, President U.S.

“What a difference these few months of extremism have made.

The United States has alienated its allies, dismayed its friends, and inadvertently gratified its enemies by proclaiming a confused and disturbing strategy of preemptive war.”

— Jimmy Carter, Former U.S. President, 1977-1981

As in other times, we are in a war we did not start, and have no choice but to win.”

— Dick Cheney, Vice President U.S.

“For the first time when America was in a war footing in our whole history, they gave two huge tax cuts, nearly half of which went to the top 1 percent of us. Now, I'm in that group for the first time in my life…

I almost sent them a thank you note for my tax cuts, until I realized that the rest of you were paying the bill for it. And then I thought better of it.

… They chose to protect my tax cut at all costs while withholding promised funding to the Leave No Child Behind Act, leaving 2.1 million children behind.

They chose to protect my tax cut, while cutting 140,000 unemployed workers out of their job training programs, 100,000 working families out of their child care assistance, and worst of all, while cutting 300,000 poor children out of their after-school programs, when we know it keeps them off the streets, out of trouble, in school, learning, going to college and having a good life.

They chose -- they chose to protect my tax cuts while dramatically raising the out-of-pocket costs of health care to our veterans and while weakening or reversing very important environmental measures that Al Gore and I put into place, everything from clean air to the protection of our forests.”

— Bill Clinton, Former U.S. President, 1993-2001

“We are transforming our schools by raising standards and focusing on results. We are insisting on accountability, empowering parents and teachers, and making sure that local people are in charge of their schools.

By testing every child, we are identifying those who need help, and we're providing a record level of funding to get them that help.”

— George W. Bush, President U.S.

“In repudiating extremism, we need to recommit ourselves to a few common-sense principles that should transcend partisan differences.

First, we cannot enhance our own security if we place in jeopardy what is most precious to us, namely the centrality of human rights in our daily lives and in global affairs.

Second, we cannot maintain our historic self-confidence as a people if we generate public panic.

Third, we cannot do our duty as citizens and patriots if we pursue an agenda that polarizes and divides our country.

Next, we cannot be true to ourselves if we mistreat others.

And finally, in the world at large, we cannot lead if our leaders mislead.”

— Jimmy Carter, Former U.S. President, 1977-1981

“On September 20, 2001, President Bush stood before a joint session of Congress, a still grieving and shocked nation and a confused world, and he changed the direction of our ship of state.

He dedicated America, under his leadership, to destroying global terrorism.

The president announced the Bush Doctrine, when he said, ‘Our war on terror begins with al Qaeda, but it does not end there. It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated. Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.’”

— Rudy Guiliani, Former Mayor New York City, 1993-2001

“And this soldier has news for you tonight. Anyone who tells you that one political party has a monopoly on the best defense of our nation is committing a fraud on the American people.

Franklin Roosevelt said it best. Franklin Roosevelt said: ‘Repetition does not transform a lie into the truth.’”

— General Wesley Clark

“President Bush sees world terrorism for the evil that it is.

John Kerry has no such clear, precise and consistent vision. This is not a personal criticism of John Kerry. I respect him for his service to our nation.”

— Rudy Guiliani, Former Mayor New York City, 1993-2001

“We're told that outsourcing jobs is good for America. We're told that new jobs that pay $9,000 less than the jobs that have been lost is the best we can do. They say this is the best economy we've ever had. And they say that anyone who thinks otherwise is a pessimist. Well, here is our answer: There is nothing more pessimistic than saying America can't do better.”

—John Kerry, U.S. Senator, Massachusetts, Democratic Presidential Candidate 2004

“Businesses are creating jobs. People are returning to work. Mortgage rates are low, and home ownership in this country is at an all-time high. The Bush tax cuts are working.”

— Dick Cheney, Vice President U.S.

“And tonight, we have an important message for those who question the patriotism of Americans who offer a better direction for our country. Before wrapping themselves in the flag and shutting their eyes and ears to the truth, they should remember what America is really all about. They should remember the great idea of freedom for which so many have given their lives. Our purpose now is to reclaim democracy itself. We are here to affirm that when Americans stand up and speak their minds and say America can do better, that is not a challenge to patriotism; it is the heart and soul of patriotism.”

— John Kerry, U.S. Senator, Massachusetts, Democratic Presidential Candidate 2004

“For it has been said so truthfully that it is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us the freedom of the press.

It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the soldier, not the agitator, who has given us the freedom to protest.

It is the soldier who salutes the flag, serves beneath the flag, whose coffin is draped by the flag, who gives that protester the freedom he abuses to burn that flag.”

— Zell Miller, Senator, Georgia

“For four years, we've heard a lot of talk about values. But values spoken without actions taken are just slogans. Values are not just words. They're what we live by. They're about the causes we champion and the people we fight for. And it is time for those who talk about family values to start valuing families.

You don't value families by kicking kids out of after school programs and taking cops off our streets, so that Enron can get another tax break.”

— John Kerry, U.S. Senator, Massachusetts, Democratic Presidential Candidate 2004

“Because family and work are sources of stability and dignity, I support welfare reform that strengthens family and requires work.

Because a caring society will value its weakest members, we must make a place for the unborn child.

Because religious charities provide a safety net of mercy and compassion, our government must never discriminate against them.

Because the union of a man and woman deserves an honored place in our society, I support the protection of marriage against activist judges.”

— George W. Bush, President U.S.

“We value an America that controls its own destiny because it's finally and forever independent of Mideast oil. What does it mean for our economy and our national security when we only have three percent of the world's oil reserves, yet we rely on foreign countries for 53 percent of what we consume?

I want an America that relies on its own ingenuity and innovation -- not the Saudi royal family.

And our energy plan for a stronger America will invest in new technologies and alternative fuels and the cars of the future -- so that no young American in uniform will ever be held hostage to our dependence on oil from the Middle East.”

—John Kerry, U.S. Senator, Massachusetts, Democratic Presidential Candidate 2004

“I believe that America is called to lead the cause of freedom in a new century. I believe that millions in the Middle East plead in silence for their liberty. I believe that given the chance, they will embrace the most honorable form of government ever devised by man.”

— George W. Bush, President U.S.



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