Almost having lost his bid in the election of 2000 that robbed him, Gore still says he has no plans to run for president, but his latest book, "The Assault On Reason," is so blaringly critical of the Bush administration it's hard to really know what his plans may be.
It's a book that looks back at the last six years...and his perspective as to how the world might look today if those stinking chads had not been pregnant or perhaps fallen the other way. See, in his world...there would not be a war in Iraq or troops fighting there or Afghanistan. We would know the name of Abu Ghraib as simply a town's name and nothing more. He see's us better prepared for a Hurricane Katrina...global warming with a higher priority and maybe a different outcome to September 11, 2001.
There's 308 pages of some real meat and potatoes that says it in real language...not the careful pablum the others throw at us because they are afraid of being elected again.
"I'm not a candidate and this is not a political book, this is not a candidate book," Gore told Diane Sawyer on "Good Morning America" Monday. "It's about that there are cracks in the foundation of American democracy that have to be fixed."Our Al runs the gamut of emotions in this missive. He begins discussing the president by accusing him of sharing President Richard Nixon's unprincipled hunger for power -- and the book proceeds to go downhill for the Dub from there. While Gore stops short of calling for the impeachment of Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, he gives the impression that in his view such a move would be well deserved. He calls the president a lawbreaker, a liar and a man with the blood of thousands of innocent lives on his hands.
Most of Al's emotional passion is about the war in Iraq, a war that he opposed from the beginning. Bush, he writes, "has exposed Americans abroad and Americans in every U.S. town and city to a greater danger of attack because of his arrogance and willfulness."
As for what now? Gore says the nation, indeed the world, is at a fork in the road. Gore calls for the United States to rejoin the international community and lead the war on crises involving global warming, water, terrorism and pandemics such as HIV/AIDS. He calls for a repeal of the Patriot Act, and for the Bush administration to disclose all of its interrogation policies. He wants more transparency in political TV commercials and an expediting of the shift from television toward the Internet as a method of communication. Works for me!