George Bush on Nation Building


Over at Cafe Hayek, Russell Roberts has dug up the following quote from candidate George Bush during a debate with Al Gore on October 3rd, 2000:

I would take the use of force very seriously. I would be guarded in my approach. I don't think we can be all things to all people in the world. I think we've got to be very careful when we commit our troops. The vice president and I have a disagreement about the use of troops. He believes in nation building. I would be very careful about using our troops as nation builders. I believe the role of the military is to fight and win war and therefore prevent war from happening in the first place.

My, how things change...

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