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"The handling of the war in Iraq will have a major impact on my vote for President."


This discussion was active from June 29-July 8, 2004.
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Total # of Responses: 67 - 7/8/04
64% 11% 4% 11% 19%

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Tom, CA Strongly Agree

... many other countries are jealous of our power ...


June 30,2004

I admire President Bush for he has a consistent approach and stand against terrorism. The fact is that many other countries are jealous of our power and protégé and would like to see our demise. We are fighting them on their land so we don't have to fight them on ours. We must continually fight for our freedom we take for granted as well as others less fortunate.

Minh, WA Strongly Agree

... Bush should be impeached ...


June 30,2004

As far as I am concerned, Bush is a goner. He took us to war under false pretenses. He should be impeached.

Diane, CA Strongly Agree

... President Bush has done an outstanding job ...


June 30,2004

President Bush has done an outstanding job defending the free world against a tyranical dictatorship. Iraq and the world is far safer because of our president's courage. History will judge him as a great president.

Paul, WA Strongly Agree

... We should have let the U.N. handle it ...


June 30,2004

We have no business going alone and invade Iraq like a bunch of thugs. We should have let the U.N. handle it after exhausting the arms inspections.

Jeff, CA Undecided

... We as a technology advanced society need to get aw ...


June 30,2004

I feel we are doing something necessary for the longterm. This war will become a good thing for all of the world. Though, I don't like the issues brought up about oil. We as a technology advanced society need to get away from oil and the issues of war around oil. This war is not only a response to 9/11, but to the acts of terror around the world. The French have had terror and handle it with a task that they take no prisoners or hostages. What we are doing is taking it the next step and saying "we won't take terror in the world any longer". Personally I feel we should go in strong (as we did in the beginning) and hit them hard and hard as hell. Then say "do you want more?" Yes, we will loose some of our men, but that's war. If it meant I were to die for it, I would. But then lets get the hell out too when we get the job DONE! I don't like the fact that Pres. Bush took the facts and mis-used it or was misguided by the information delivered to him. The people that did that should be fired! That's mis-use, mis-guidence of public funds and would be/is illegal.

Judy, CA Strongly Agree

... Bush's mishandling of the war ...


June 30,2004

I would have to say that Bush's mishandling of the war is a major reason I would not vote for him, but this is only compounded by his Energy, Environmental and Economics policies... not to mention cutbacks in social, education and scientific research funding... accompanying his increased funding of faith-based groups which on top of it turned out to be mainly Christian.

Sarah, VA Agree

... I will be voting for the candidate that has actual ...


June 30,2004

Since we are now a country at war, I will be voting for the candidate that has actual combat experience, and has far more integrity than what we've seen coming from our Commander In Chief during the past two years.

Jake, CA Agree

... the U.S. was well under manpower necessary to hand ...


June 30,2004

I feel this administrations policy to run Bush's war on the cheap manpower wise, was foolhardy. Do the math (as compared to the Bosina conflict) and you will find the U.S. was well under manpower necessary to handle the post conflict tasks and this is how Rumsfelt et al has blood on their hands for the over 800 American KIA in Iraq.

Robert, OR Strongly Disagree

... Our position in the world as a great nation has be ...


June 30,2004

We have a president who has an agenda to pursue force rather than find peaceful means to deal with world problems. I strongly disagree with his tactics. Our position in the world as a great nation has been greatly jepardized by his actions

Erika, AZ Strongly Agree

... I consider my nation hijacked, and myself a hostag ...


June 30,2004

George W. Bush has stirred up a hornet's nest - one that sits on top of a lucrative oil field that he and his croneys stand to profit from - and he's sent brave men and women in to fight a war that he would have bought and dodged his way out of. I might disagree with his social views... abortion, taxes, deficit spending... but I think he is corrupt and greedy, and a disgrace to this great country. George W. Bush represents all that is despicable in human nature and impulse. I am ashamed that he is my President, and consider my nation hijacked, and myself a hostage. I plan to travel abroad to explain to our European brothers and sisters that he doesn't represent us, that we didn't elect him, and to plead for their help in rescuing us from this illegitimate regime.
God help us! God save us from this tyrrant!

Larry Brud, GA Undecided

... Freedom is always worth the fight. ...


June 30,2004

Mr. Gumbel,Gwen, and Mr Steve Friedman. Im sorry I have to disagree. Your show was Onesideed with subline messages. Freedom is always worth the fight. Iraq has a chance. No. "The children of Iraq have a future." My goodness, The Military gave people in bondage over 30 years liberty. Remember they who build secret combinations seek to overthrow freedom of all lands.

Cynthia, CO Strongly Agree

... our system of checks and balances failed us ...


June 30,2004

Lies about WMD. Lies about connections between Saddam and Al Quida. 11,000 soldiers in Afganistan, where the perptrators of 9/11 reside. 150,000 soldiers in Iraq, which had nothing to do with 9/11. A miserable plan for the post war Iraq ("let's guard the oil fields but not the museums hospitals and schools..."). Perhaps the Iraqi men have been liberated, but the women have been set back centuries. The Geneva Conventions, that separated us from the terrorists have been scraped... Worst of all is that our system of checks and balances via the Congress and the media (including PBS) have completely failed us. So yes, this means that I can't vote for Bush, nor can I vote for any Republican until that culture is completely rid of the people, attitudes and values that brought us to this disgraceful point.

Robert, CA Strongly Agree

... This will be the deciding factor in the election. ...


June 30,2004

This will be the deciding factor in the election. I think it would be even better if Bryant would conduct a balanced interview instead of letting his Democrat credentials show.

Alene, WA Strongly Agree

... John Kerry is far better qualified ...


June 30,2004

George Bush did a terrible job in Iraq, discarding decades of progress in cooperation with other nations in order to pursue a preemptive war which he justified with lies or distortions of truth. John Kerry is far better qualified to lead the country.

Jim Dahlbe, IN Strongly Agree

... If Kerry wins free world loses ...


June 30,2004

It sure will, If Kerry wins free world loses, and America loses.

Alene, WA Strongly Disagree

... Iraq was not involved in the 9/11 attack ...


June 30,2004

Iraq was not involved in the 9/11 attack. American resources should have been concentrated on fighting al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and elsewhere. The war and occupation in Iraq have created far more terrorists than would have existed otherwise.

Lou, FL Disagree

... America is smarter than the media thinks it is ...


June 29,2004

The war in Iraq is but one issue. The Presidency of the United States encompasses a great deal more than PBS's or any other media's attempt to encapsulate the position into targeted and scripted "sound bites." Fortunately, America is smarter than the media thinks it is; though, I'm not sure I understand how given the disaster we call our educational system.

Fred, TX Strongly Agree

... Our world can not afford to have brutal dictators ...


June 29,2004

Thank God we had a President that took the initive to do what had to be done. Pre-emptive or not, Our world can not afford to have brutal dictators like Hitler, Stalin, and Hussain running unchecked in our world. Where does the slaughter of people stop if they are allowed to continue?

Kyle, IA Strongly Agree

... I don't want a president that will bow to the pre ...


June 29,2004

This is one example of why Kerry should not be president. I don't want a president that will bow to the pressure of foreign nations when their job is to protect the people of THIS nation.

Donald, WI Strongly Agree

... I shudder to think of what Gore would have done ...


June 29,2004

I know that I voted for the correct man in office when he first started this war on terrorism. Republicans do the work to get things accomplished; Democrats point fingers and take the credit for things when things are going well. Bill Clinton never really accomplished anything during his administration and took advantage of things that had been handed to him on a silver platter. I shudder to think of what "plastic man" (I am groomed to be President) Gore would have done in this situation.

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