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Saturday, October 16, 2004

Bush Will Protect Us

DAYTONA BEACH, United States (AFP) - US President George W. Bush surprised his listeners at a campaign rally by seeming to oppose, then favor, then oppose replacing the all-volunteer US military with a draft.

Aides had alerted reporters to expect "new language" in Bush's routine rejection of Democratic rival John Kerry warnings that the Iraq war has so strained the US armed forces that compulsory military service may be around the corner.

"Our all-volunteer army will remain an all-volunteer army," Bush began, to cheers from supporters here in Florida, the richest prize among the dozen or so states up for grabs in the November 2 election.

"My opponent seems to be willing to say almost anything he thinks will benefit him politically," he said. "After standing on the stage, after the debates, I made it very plain we will not have an all-volunteer army."

"And yet this week..." he continued, before suddenly realizing the gaffe and shouting: "We will have an all-volunteer army."

"Let me restate that: We will not have a draft. No matter what my opponent tries to tell people and scare them, we will have an all-volunteer army," promised the president, who is known for frequent verbal stumbles.

"The only person talking about a draft is my opponent. The only politicians that supported a draft are democrats, and the best way to avoid a draft is to vote for me," he said.

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Could it be possible to be any more concerned about this administration? The mental couch one keeps sitting on is upholstered with the fact that for all his good-ole-boy charm, Bush is just one of a tight team of like-minded individuals who have the grand design of stripping the American people of their civil liberties with glee. Has there ever existed a group of elected US officials so bent on destroying our civil rights and dismantling the basic tenets of the Constitution? Bush would like to amend the Constitution to legalize discrimination against gays and lesbians. He routinely has failed to meet with African American leaders to discuss genuine social ills and has turned his back on any attempt at diplomacy at a time in world history when diplomacy is needed most.



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