Thursday, October 30, 2008

More evidence that Gore = Bush

I have long noted here that people commit the fundamental attribution error when evaluating the Bush administration. Over attribute outcomes to disposition, and not accounting for situation. Most say that had Gore won, he would not have reacted the same way to 9/11 (though his VP, the wife of the president he served under, and that president's British doppleganger were all strong supporters of the war in Iraq).

In a recent economist book review, they find the following Al Gore quote:
IN 1993, Bill Clinton was pondering whether to authorise what is now called an “extraordinary rendition”, when American agents snatch a suspected terrorist abroad and deliver him to interrogators in a third country. The White House counsel warned that this would be illegal. President Clinton was in two minds until Al Gore walked in, laughed and said: “That’s a no-brainer. Of course it’s a violation of international law, that’s why it’s a covert action. The guy is a terrorist. Go grab his ass.”
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