From firstname.lastname@example.org Fri Oct 13 11:32:09 2000
From: "Sadanand, Nanjundiah (Physics)" <email@example.com>
Subject: Is there any difference between Gore and Bush on the conflict in
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2000 11:14:01 -0400
Is there any difference between Gore and Bush on the conflict in
From Stephen Kobasa [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
13 October 2000
People watching here tonight are very interested in Middle East
policy, and they are so interested they want to base their vote on
differences between the two of you as president how you would handle
Middle East policy. Is there any difference?
I haven't heard a big difference in the last few exchanges.
That's hard to tell. I think that, you know, I would hope to be able
to convince people I could handle the Iraqi situation better.
Saddam Hussein, you mean, get him out of there?
I would like to, of course, and I presume this administration would
as well. We don't know -- there are no inspectors now in Iraq, the
coalition that was in place isn't as strong as it used to be. He is
a danger. We don't want him fishing in troubled waters in the Middle
East. And it's going to be hard, it's going to be important to
rebuild that coalition to keep the pressure on him.
You feel that is a failure of the Clinton administration?
Well, when I got to be a part of the current administration, it was
right after -- I was one of the few members of my political party to
support former President Bush in the Persian Gulf War resolution, and
at the end of that war, for whatever reason, it was not finished in a
way that removed Saddam Hussein from power. I know there are all
kinds of circumstances and explanations. But the fact is that that's
the situation that was left when I got there. And we have maintained
the sanctions. Now I want to go further. I want to give robust
support to the groups that are trying to overthrow Saddam Hussein,
and I know there are allegations that they're too weak to do it, but
that's what they said about the forces that were opposing Milosevic
in Serbia, and you know, the policy of enforcing sanctions against
Serbia has just resulted in a
spectacular victory for democracy just in the past week, and it seems
to me that having taken so long to see the sanctions work there,
building upon the policy of containment that was successful over a
much longer period of time against the former Soviet Union in the
communist block, seems a little early to declare that we should give
up on the sanctions. I know the governor's not necessarily saying
that but, you know, all of
these flights that have come in, all of them have been in accordance
with the sanctions regime, I'm told, except for three where they
notified, and they're trying to break out of the box, there's no
question about it. I don't think they should be allowed to.
Did he state your position correctly, you're not calling for
eliminating the sanctions, are you?
No, of course not, absolutely not, I want them to be tougher.