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>> thank you. let me ask you this. why is it if i want it delivered in three days, it's $1.50, but if i want it delivered in two days, it's $85? what's going on at amazon? we are at a historic conundrum the likes of which i would never see in my lifetime. >> we still do not know the outcome of yesterday's vote. >> sometimes it seems we share a continent, but not a country. >> today, thousands of lives were suddenly ended by evil, despicable acts of terror. >> the world before 9/11 looks different than the world after 9/11. >> every nation has a choice to make. and this conflict, there is no neutral ground. >> the facts show that saddam hussein and his regime are concealing their efforts to produce weapons of mass destruction. >> in this battle against terrorism, there is no silver bullet.
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ today, america is again forging its future by choosing a man to lead it into the 21st century. this is cnn's coverage of election 2000.
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>> this is the last official stop of campaign 2000. >> if people do what i think they're going to do, you're looking at the next president of the united states. >> the schedule over the last 48 hours reflected a major worry. florida, home of governor jeb bush. >> and when he looked me in the eye and said, florida's going to be bush/cheney country, i believe him. >> in texas, george w. bush, who was known as a bipartisan governor, at the time, the state house was run by democrats, and he had a very good working relationship with them. >> we poured our hearts and souls into this campaign, the organization, and the people are going to decide. >> indiana and kentucky, the polls now have closed in those two states. our projected winner is governor george w. bush, as expected. >> bush wins south carolina, vermont, up in the green mountain state, there for al gore. >> a big call to make, cnn announces that we call florida in the al gore column.
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>> about roughly quarter of 8:00, we and all the other networks call florida for gore. i remember saying, how is bush possibly going to, you though, what's the path he can possibly take, because he's lost michigan, he's going to lose pennsylvania. if anybody wins all three, it's over. >> you can bet that governor bush will be madder than a remained on rained on rooster that his brother, the governor, wasn't able to carry this state for him. >> mr. bush says he is not ready to concede florida. so, that only complicates the evening just a little bit. >> the networks called this thing early, but the people that are counting the votes are coming up with a different perspective. >> george w. bush was a very confident man. i don't think bush ever doubted that he would manage somehow to get elected. >> some new returns came in and suddenly the gore lead that was necessary to make this prediction evaporated. >> what the networks give us, the networks taketh away. nbc news is now taking florida out of vice president gore's column.
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>> as the night went on, it stayed close until at about 2:00 in the morning, eastern time, it looked like it was game over. >> abc news is now going to project that florida goes to mr. bush. >> george walker bush, the new president of the united states. the governor of texas. >> and at that point, al gore called george w. bush to concede. then, by about 3:00 a.m. eastern time, the numbers start to wobble again. >> something to report to you here in this very unusual night. the vice president has recalled the governor and retracted his concession, saying that florida is too close right now. >> under florida law, if the margin of victory is less than 0.5%, then there is an automatic recount. >> mr. vice president, did you one the election, sir? >> we're having a great run here. >> a confident and seemingly relaxed al gore is effectively starting a second campaign for the white house.
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his campaign chairman in florida announcing the campaign will support lawsuits over the issue of ballot irregularities in palm beach. >> i cast a vote for gore but at the same time, i must have punched the buchanan column, as well. >> there was the butterfly ballot in palm beach county where an awful lot of people thought they were voting for al gore but because of the way the ballot was designed, they ended up voting for pat buchanan, and believe me, those two candidates had nothing in common. >> pat, good evening. >> hi, charlie. >> do you really think you got 3,400 votes in palm beach county? >> yes, i did get 3,400 votes but i also agree many of those probably and most certainly were intended for al gore. >> i think if it hadn't been for pat buchanan and the butterfly ballot, al gore would have been president of the united states. >> a hand recount of the vote is already under way tonight in
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palm beach county. one of four florida counties which could determine who becomes the next president. >> there were four counties where we had concrete evidence of irregularities and so we asked for in-depth recounts in those four counties. >> the blame may fall on a tiny piece of paper called a chad. the chad is what voters are supposed to punch out of paper ballots when they make their choice. sometimes it sticks. >> the hanging one is counted. the swinging door is counted and the try is counted. the ones that are not counted are the ones that are just dimple or pregnant, they're a little bit out but they're not through. >> the real issue at hand now is the decision by florida secretary of state katherine harris to have all ballots from all counties turned in and certified by tomorrow night. >> i've decided it is my duty under florida law to exercise my discretion in denying these requested amendments. >> the game was this. the democrats wanted to keep the recount going and the republicans wanted to stop it.
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>> they may keep asking for recount after recount after recount. but when is it going to end? i ask you, when is it going to end? >> each day was a drama, and the gore forces had just one shot left. they could go to the florida supreme court. >> the court today has issued its opinion by a vote of 4-3, it has ordered a manual recount of all undervotes in any florida county where such a recount has not yet occurred. because time is of the essence, the recount shall commence immediately. >> the florida supreme court issued an opinion changing the deadlines, changing the manner in which votes would be counted. we were stunned, and so we challenged that in the united states supreme court. >> the votes are being counted and all of a sudden, the television screen flashes that the united states supreme court in at 5-4 decision has ordered
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the county to stop. and it hasn't even been an argument of an appeal. >> here you had a conservative supreme court stepping in with the authority of the federal government to stop what was traditionally a local issue. it was the reverse of everything you heard from conservatism. >> the wait is under way for a decision from the united states supreme court. a decision that could keep alive al gore's presidential hopes or kill them outright and hand the presidency to george bush in what would be the first presidential election decided by the court. >> the system had never had this kind of stress test before, and it failed. the result of this, chaos and uncertainty who the president of the united states would be come january 20th. >> everybody in the country was on pins and needles. and those of us who were working to try to get the situation stabilized and over with were exhausted. >> i thought we were so clearly right that i thought there had to be a chance that i could persuade one of those five justices to change their mind.
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and i hoped i could do it. i didn't. >> it was a very unusual late-night ruling from the united states supreme court. the decision ending any lingering hope of a recount. >> the problem with bush v. gore is that it looked so partisan. it ended in a 5-4 vote with the conservatives in the majority. and so what's important here is to understand the bad taste in a lot of people's mouths. the outcome of the 2000 election, i don't mean the fact that bush won, i mean the way he won. deepened skepticism about the impartiality of our institutions. >> thank you all. >> whether you voted for me or not, i will do my best to serve your interests and i will work to earn your respect. the presidency is more than an honor. it is a charge to keep, and i will give it my all. thank you very much, and god bless america.
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his inauguration that you're watching the victor become president. >> sometimes it seems we share a continent, but not a country. we do not accept this and this is my solemn pledge. i will work to build a single nation of justice and opportunity. >> early on, bush is concerned about two things primarily. one is education and this initiative, no child left behind. and the other is tax cuts. >> bush comes into office essentially as a moderate conservative, as a compassionate conservative. it's a pretty middle of the road presidency for his first few months. this is a cbs news special report. dan rather reporting from cbs news world headquarters in new york. good evening. president bush is about to officially announce what could be one of the more significant decisions of his presidency. >> the issue of research involving stem cells derives from human embryos -- >> the fact that was one of george w. bush's first major
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speeches to the nation tells a lot about the challenges that he thought were the greatest that he faced. what was he going to do when science and religion didn't take him the same place? boy, things would change for him in a month. >> we want to tell you what we know as we know it. but we just got a report in that there's been some sort of explosion at the world trade center in new york city. >> you're looking at the world trade center. we understand that a plane has crashed into the world trade center. we don't know anything more than that. >> of course, as we all know, years ago, there was that terrorist attack. it took place down on the ground and in the underground levels, in the garage levels. but, again, that's not to imply that we have any reason at this point to believe that this is -- this is terrorism or not. we simply don't know. >> have you seen any evidence of people being taken out of the building? of course, the major concern
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is human loss. i mean, do you know -- >> oh, another one just hit. something else just hit, a very large plane just hit directly over my building and there's been another collision. >> this is cbs news continuing live coverage of the apparent terrorist attacks today here in new york city. >> i saw a large plane, like, a jet go immediately headed directly into the world trade center. it just flew into it, into the other tower coming from south to north. i watched the plane fly into the world trade center. >> oh, my goodness. oh, my goodness. we're looking at a live picture from washington and there is smoke pouring out of the pentagon. >> in the nation's capital, a state of emergency and an emergency plan now in effect to keep the federal government running in an orderly way. >> and again, i don't mean to say this in melodramatic terms. where is the president of the united states?
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the president of the united states led -- i know we don't know where he is, but pretty soon the country needs to know where he is. >> there's a lot of confusion. again, it appears that an aircraft of some sort did hit the side of the pentagon. >> wow. >> and -- >> jamie, jamie, i need you to stop for a second. there has just been a huge explosion -- i'll tell you, i can't see that second tower. >> let's go to the trade tower again, because john, we now have -- what do we have? we don't -- >> it looks like a new plume -- a new large plume of smoke. >> one can only hope that the area has been evacuated, but of course, you wonder about all the emergency vehicles and the people who might have been injured early in the morning. >> there was, you know, tuft and what it is not what are we, but it was -- >> oh, my god.
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>> mister, mister, mister! >> we came from the 82nd floor and i don't know where my peers are. i don't know. i hope to god they're okay. >> i was standing next to 1 world trade center and i heard rumbling and we started running away from it. the glass like blew out and threw me onto the sidewalk. >> i was trying to go back to find people from my office. but it was chaos so john's like, let's go. i start to leave. i see people jumping from the top of the world trade center. >> it was unbelievable in there. there's guys still trapped we
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couldn't get to. >> i'm just going to add to the chaos and the trauma of the day by saying that a large plane has now crashed about 80 miles southeast of pittsburgh. >> we don't know where their destination was, what their target was. we can only presume, we can only guess that they were short of the target. >> it would never be the same for george w. bush. from that moment on, he would never again have the bandwidth to think primarily about domestic problems. >> by september, he still wasn't seen as heavyweight. there were still questions, even from republicans who liked him, could he handle this job if something big happened? and then something big happened. but in the early weeks of the crisis, george w. bush proved to be incredibly effective. >> this nation stands with the good people of new york city.
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comcast business. beyond fast. we're going to go to abc's terry moran, who is at camp david, where there is going to be a meeting this morning. terry, has it begun yet with the president and his national security advisers? >> well, not yet. we're told that this meeting is really the first big formal meeting of the entire national security team, including vice president cheney, secretary of state powell, secretary of defense rumsfeld, national security adviser condoleezza rice and others since the attacks. >> well, the media at camp david was a pretty sober affair. they all knew in one way or another they had failed the american people. so, the mindset shifts to trying to prevent another 9/11. >> are you satisfied that osama
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bin laden is the kingpin of this operation? >> there is no question that he is a prime suspect. if he thinks he can hide and run from the united states and our allies, he will be soreliy mistakes. mistaken. >> i joined the fbi in 1997. i was assigned to work terrorism. when we saw the planes hit the buildings, the world trade center, we knew that it was al qaeda. >> there had been a progressive escalation, 1998. bin laden attacked the u.s. embassies in east africa. two simultaneous attacks using suicide tactics. then the attack on the "uss cole." something like 9/11 was the next logical continuation. >> afghanistan, under the taliban regime, had harbored al qaeda. so, when the president meets with all of his national security advisers in camp david, they decide the taliban had to be uprooted if they were really going to get at bin laden. >> what's different here, what's changed in terms of u.s. policy is the president's determination
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to also go after those nations and organizations and people that lend support. >> the obvious response is to go after al qaeda. but the administration needed somehow to show that it was serious. >> our war on terror begins with al qaeda but it does not end there. it will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated. >> they said, this has changed everything. the world was not going to be the same. and they created what they called the global war on terror. >> president bush plans to sign the anti-terrorism bill into law today, after it was overwhelmingly approved by the senate. the legislation gives sweeping new powers to law enforcement including expanded wiretapping and surveillance authority. >> the most important part of the patriot act is the power of surveillance.
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some people are privately worried this is too much, but at the time, in the aftermath of the anger and shock and horror, there is very strong support from both parties to pass it. >> this government will enforce this law with all the urgency of a nation at war. >> the politics of the time led to america's sort of tough war attitude, we were going to fight them here and we were going to fight them abroad. >> operation enduring freedom is under way. u.s. tomahawk cruise missiles delivered the first blows, hitting military targets near the capital city of kabul. >> it was a righteous war. we had every reason to go to afghanistan. we gave the taliban so many opportunities to give bin laden up and they refused. >> on my orders, the united states military has begun strikes against al qaeda terrorist training camps and military installations of the
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taliban regime in afghanistan. these carefully targeted actions are designed to disrupt the use of afghanistan as a terrorist base of operations. >> around the world, there was enormous support for the war in afghanistan. there was a sense that osama bin laden and al qaeda had attacked not just the united states, but the security of the global community. the u.s. military mission to overthrow the taliban was very swift, it took only about six weeks to force the taliban out of kabul. >> toppling the taliban wasn't that difficult. toppling a government is one thing. to track down individual fugitives, that was difficult. >> the president's approach to this is that it will be continuous, but that it will be broadly based and it will be economic and political and diplomatic, as well as military, overt and covert. >> the concept, especially by
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don rumsfeld, was we want a small footprint. and there was some wisdom in that. they sent in a bunch of cia officers with suitcases full of money and they hired a bunch of tribesmen to go after bin laden. >> u.s. officials say american commandoing commandos, operating alongside opposition forces, got within two miles of a cave system that osama bin laden was holed up. but they could not go any further without exposing themselves to fire from the al qaeda fighters defending the cave. >> there was a moment where we had bin laden bottled up inside tora bora, we knew where he was, but the road to pakistan was left open. >> opposition and u.s. special operations forces rolled into the tora bora mountains in support of fleeing al qaeda fighters. but the pentagon says its anyone's guess where bin laden is. >> al qaeda got away. bin laden went off to pakistan. but what was very striking how quickly it turned to iraq. >> i never say anything's inevitable, but if i were saddam hussein, i'd be thinking very carefully about the future and
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after a flight halfway around the world, 20 terrorist suspects captured in afghanistan are settling in tonight at an open air prison in the caribbean. >> shackled, hooded and in one
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case sedated, they had been loaded aboard a transport yesterday in kandahar with two guards for every prisoner. >> in many cases, you had no idea how senior they were, how junior they were. how much information they had. so, you had to have a system to bring them somewhere and then subject them to intensive interrogation. >> the bush administration decided to call them enemy combatants, and they did not have prisoner of war status. they didn't want them to have those kinds of protections. >> across europe, there have been complaints warning america won't win the war on terror if it gives up the high ground. >> some people said the president does not have unilateral power to deprive these people of any rights whatsoever. and it began to erode international support for us. >> some here now say the critics' real complaint is less how al qaeda prisoners are
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treated than it is about how america has acted on its own with no apologies. >> the president of the united states. >> the intensity of the early days of the war on terrorism started to concern some people, but you have to realize the country was different, that people were shocked by what happened with 9/11. and the bush administration used that. >> our war against terror is only beginning. >> there was the sense in the bush administration that there are these rogue states which will take advantage of the chaos created by al qaeda, so even though bin laden hasn't been captured, the united states is on the road to war somewhere else. >> our goal is to prevent regimes that sponsor terror from threatening america with weapons of mass destruction. north korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction. iran aggressively pursue these weapons and exports terror. iran continues to flaunt its
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hostility towards america and to support terror. the iraqi regime has plotted to develop anthrax and nerve gas and nuclear weapons for over a decade. states like these and their terrorist allies constitute and axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world. >> president bush, rumsfeld and cheney long before 9/11 wanted regime change in iraq. they felt like in the first persian gulf war in 1991, that the job was not done. and when they started the war against terrorism, they saw that as the perfect opportunity. >> many americans weren't really thinking of saddam hussein. they were thinking of osama bin laden so it wasn't clear why this should be part of the war. >> the iraqi regime possesses biological and chemical weapons. >> imagine a september 11th with weapons of mass destruction. >> but we don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud. >> the administration had to mount an argument, and they did it by scaring us.
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>> simply stated, there is no doubt that saddam hussein now has weapons of mass destruction, that he is amassing them to use against our allies and against us. >> vice president cheney made repeated visits out to cia headquarters and it was quite clear what conclusions were very welcome at the white house and what conclusions were not. >> the bush administration found the intelligence it wanted and then sold that intelligence to the american public. >> why haven't our allies, who presumably would know the same information, come to the same conclusion? >> i don't think they know the same information. i think the fact is that in terms of the quality of our intelligence operation, i think we're better than anybody else. >> i think that the world has to be presented with the information, with the intelligence that's available. a debate is needed within the international community so that everybody can make a judgment about this.
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>> today the white house denied reports of a division in the administration over how to handle saddam hussein. >> a white house spokesman says there is no internal rift, insisting the administration speaks with one voice in demanding iraq be rid of all weapons of mass destruction. >> it turned out that there was, in fact, this war within the bush administration, among some very heavy hitters. colin powell is not a fan of invading iraq. he has the famous expression, the pottery barn rule. if you break it, it's yours. and he knows that if we go in and break iraq, it's ours. we're going to have to rebuild it. on the other side, rumsfeld and cheney, they just want to go in. >> when you're dealing with terrorist networks that can attack at any time at any place using any technique, you know before you start that you can't defend against that. therefore, you have no choice. we know they have weapons of mass destruction. we know they have active programs. there isn't any debate about it. >> powell was the odd man out here.
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he realized he couldn't affect the decision itself, so, at that point, he changed gears and persuaded the president to get public support. >> the democrats are opposed to the war. george bush is happy to have this become an issue. bush actually pushes the idea of having a resolution supporting the use of force in iraq before the congressional elections. so that members of congress will feel compelled to vote for it. >> congressional opposition in both houses finally came down to a few hardcore liberals who worried congress was giving up its right to declare war. but it was a lonely fight when the white house invited a bipartisan crowd of supporters for an obvious show of power, opposition really began to melt. >> because i believe it is important for america to speak with one voice at this critical moment, i will vote to give the president the authority he needs. >> it was one of the hardest
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decisions i'd made, even though i had a great deal of skepticism and concern. i felt it was important to give our commander in chief the benefit of the doubt, as well. >> for critics of the war, it was very difficult to argue against it because the memory of september 11th meant that those who were aggressive had the upper hand. >> in balancing the risks of action versus inaction, i think new yorkers who have gone through the fires of hell may be more attune to the risk of not acting. i know that i am. >> president bush says america has spoken with one voice. early this morning, the senate voted 77-23 to clear the way for the president to use force against iraq if necessary. the vote came hours after the house also gave overwhelming approval. >> the united states in 2002 was not a normal america. we had been attacked in a way we'd never been attacked before. it was just a whole new game. and as a result, president bush had a mandate to do whatever he
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saddam hussein's regime is a grave and gathering danger. we must stand up for security and for the permanent rights and the hopes of mankind. by heritage and by choice, the united states of america will make that stand. and delegates to the united nations, you have the power to make that stand as well. thank you very much. >> as bush is now seriously preparing for the invasion of iraq, he realizes he's going to have to make a public case, not just to the american people, but to the world. >> no one should have any illusions. what the president of the united states is talking about is a new war against iraq, with the purpose of removing from power saddam hussein. >> you have a dictator there who is not obeying u.n. resolutions and he certainly wasn't, who had had weapons of mass destruction, and we thought still did. so, i think there was a strong case for action.
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>> a deal was reached, a vote taken and now the u.n. security council has made it clear. let weapons inspectors in or else. >> powell pushed very hard to get the security council to adopt a resolution demanding saddam hussein readmit international weapons inspectors and saddam hussein agreed to it. >> the outcome of the current crisis is already determined. full disarmament of weapons of mass destruction will occur. the only question for the iraqi regime is to decide how. >> weapons inspectors are confident their first few days there have gone smoothly. that includes the right to make surprise checks on so-called special sites, including presidential palaces. >> when the saddam regime readmitted the inspectors, they were making progress, but they simply did not have enough time to really find out anything of significance. >> at this point, the security council was very much against an
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invasion, and so, it was decided in the white house that they had to make one more push and really say, we've got the evidence. and who better to do that than powell? >> secretary's presentation is intended to win the security council's authorization for military action to disarm iraq. in the end, president bush says he does not need the authorization, but he would like to have it. >> in the vice president's office, they had already written a speech for powell. it was every rumor, every bit of unverified intelligence they had ever gotten and he got it and looked at it and said, i'm not going to give this speech. are you kidding? >> colin powell spent a few days at the cia going over all their intelligence, and the majority of it was discarded. >> our conservative estimate is that iraq today has a stockpile between 100 and 500 tons of chemical weapons agent. an iraqi major who defected confirmed that iraq has mobile biological research laboratories.
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saddam hussein already possesses two out of the three key components needed to build a nuclear bomb. >> powell had some doubts, but i think those doubts were pretty much dispelled by the director of central intelligence, george tenet. >> he insists that george tenet sit behind him, be right there in the television shot, in order to show that the intelligence community stands behind this. >> i can trace the story of a senior terrorist operative telling how iraq provided training in these weapons to al qaeda. >> you could sense the tension in the room, the audience was riveted by what he had. he held up a little vile claiming that this was what a vile of anthrax looked like and how deadly it could be. there were all kinds of graphics, there were excerpts of conversations that had been picked up by electronic surveillance intercepts. ers in
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>> we must not shrink from whatever is ahead of us. we must not fail in our duty and our responsibility to the citizens of the countries that are represented by this body. >> well, this was perhaps the most dramatic presentation at the u.n. in half a century. america essentially trying to win the world over for a war it now believes is necessary. the skeptics shaking their heads. the stakes couldn't be higher. >> millions of demonstrators turned out around the world to protest the use of force against iraq. >> the power of the people don't stop. >> you have massive numbers of people in the united states and across the globe pour out into streets to demonstrate. in fact, it stands today as the largest single demonstration against war in our history. >> there is no get about it,
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that the majority of the country was strongly behind invading iraq, and those of us, whether you're on the left or the right, who oppose that feeling after the 9/11 horrors were, i think, considered unpatriotic. . >> within the brush administration, you had vice president cheney, secretary of defense rumsfeld, the hard-liners, those who wanted to take more dramatic action. and there was a momentum the international community was unable to stop. >> the united nations security council has not lived up to its responsibilities, so we will rise to ours. sadaam hussein and his sons must leave iraq within 48 hours. their refusal to do so will result in military conflict, commenced at a time of our choosing. [farmers bell] (driver) relax, it's just a bug. that's not a bug, that's not a bug! (burke) hit and drone. seen it, covered it.
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tonight, we're precisely halfway through the deadline president bush gave iraqi president sadaam hussein to leave iraq and take his two sons along with him. the alternative will be war. >> no one really joined the united states except great britain. and so bush was doing this on his own. the international community thought that what we were doing might have consequences we couldn't imagine.
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>> the u.s. war to disarm iraq and oust saddam hussein intensified dramatically today as the air campaign began with massive bombing raids on baghdad and elsewhere. >> the rest of the world saw this as a war of aggression. >> my fellow citizens, at this hour, american and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm iraq, to free its people, and to defend the world from grave danger. >> it's getting much, much closer. all the air defenses are opening up around me at the moment. massive shock blast just coming through our windows. i'm going to have to take cover. >> the invasion and the toppling of saddam was really quite easy. the entire campaign did not take more than a month. >> we see the coalition forces advanced from southern iraq near the kuwaiti border. and now into baghdad, it's taken 22 days of war for the coalition to get this far.
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>> i was privileged to command the 101st airborne division. we liberated the first major city in iraq, naja, then moved into baghdad. >> the man who ruled here so brutally and absolutely for almost 25 years has vanished. >> the closer we got, the more they knew saddam was finished, and they were glad to show it. >> the troops were very welcome. shiites and people who hated saddam were joyful, running through the streets. you had the iconic image of the big statue of saddam hussein being pulled over with some help from u.s. troops. >> this is george w. bush, the president of the united states. at this moment, the regime of saddam hussein is being removed from power, and a long era of fear and cruelty is ending. the government of iraq and the future of your country will soon belong to you. >> things, however, very quickly started to turn dicey. >> the city of baghdad has now
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experienced five days of looting. government ministries, hospitals, museums, the homes of the wealthy and even the palaces of saddam hussein have been stripped bare. >> we saw the looting and the total disorder in the streets and the, frankly, indifference on the part of american authorities to what was happening. >> the pentagon says coalition forces will indeed get that unrest under control. but that has not yet happened. >> it wasn't just that there was disorder. the society is being torn apart and there's nobody in control. and that was our fault. >> mr. bush declared an end to the military phase of the war in iraq and called the battle a victory in the war against terrorism. >> the administration's very intent on actions that show to the public things are going well. so on may 1st, 2003, bush flies out to a ship near san diego and gives this speech where he talks about just how well the
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operation had gone. and the navy had hung a banner in the background that said "mission accomplished." >> the transition from dictatorship to democracy will take time, but it is worth every effort. our coalition will stay until our work is done, and then we will leave, and we will leave behind a free iraq. >> since the start of the war the president's job performance has jumped ten points from 67% to 77% as of this evening. >> of course, the mission was far from accomplished. in fact, what was actually happening during this moment is a real insurgency was beginning to gather steam. >> the jubilant mood among the very iraqis who suffered most under saddam's regime was not necessarily shared across most of the iraqi capital where some violent resistance remained. >> it was starting to appear to
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me this was not going to end the way it had been briefed. you could just see that this country was probably going to crack. >> the united states learned the hard way that removing a tyrant is not the same thing as ushering in democracy. it's much less difficult in many instances to get rid of the old than it is to help bring about something that's new and better and enduring. >> it may seem an ungracious note on which to end, but the beware the yew for ra, ripping down saddam's pictures, toppling his statues, those are the benign photogenic events that can delude us into misunderstanding what lies ahead. there are hundreds of thousands of scores to be settled in this country. blood debts to be repaid. the u.s. military doesn't want to get into the middle of that, but if it doesn't, there are likely to be lynchings and massacres that will sicken the world and make the establishment of a new government hideously complicated. it is good that people are
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finally able to believe that saddam's regime has been crushed. the military victory was difficult enough, but now comes the hard part. for all who love freedom and peace, the world without saddam hussein is a better and safer place. >> the war may be officially over, but the violence rages on. >> congress must no longer follow him deeper into the quagmire in iraq. >> president bush fired an election year shot. he cited an urgent need for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. >> hurricane katrina is now bearing down on louisiana. >> where is the federal government? where are the troops? >> shame on bush! shame on bush! >> signs the economy is in trouble just keep on coming. >> i see a great day coming for our country, and i'm eager for the work ahead.


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