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Why America Must Not Re-elect President Bush

I have never been heavily involved in partisan politics, but these are not normal times. President George W. Bush is endangering the United States and the world's safety while undermining American values. For opposing him, I have been demonized by the Bush campaign.

President Bush ran in 2000 on a platform promising a "humble" foreign policy. If re-elected, the Bush doctrine of preemptive action - and the invasion of Iraq - will be endorsed, and the world will have to live with the consequences. By repudiating Bush's policies at the polls, America will have a chance to regain the respect and support of the world.

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, required a strong response. But they also led to suspension of the critical process so essential to a democracy - a full and fair discussion of the issues. Bush silenced criticism by calling it unpatriotic. For 18 months after 9/11, he managed to suppress all dissent. That is how he led America in the wrong direction.

In fact, Bush played right into the hands of Osama bin Laden. Afghanistan's invasion was justified: that was where bin Laden lived and al Qaeda had its training camps. Invading Iraq was not. It was Bush's unintended gift to bin Laden.