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National Insecurity by David Rothkopf

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2. A Very Different President

I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. ’Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.

—THOMAS PAINE

Given the deteriorating conditions on the ground during 2004 for George Bush’s signature endeavor in Iraq and the level of fractiousness within his team, it was inevitable that change would come should the president win reelection. He did so on November 2, 2004, when he edged out his Democratic opponent and a future secretary of state, John Kerry, by just over 3 million popular votes, 50.7 percent to 48.3 percent.

But the groundwork for ...

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