Bush's suggestion was IMHO thoughtless policy based on ignorance (and bad PR, since it sounded a lot like "Hey, let's send some Soviet tanks in to bust Milosevic's ass! Those slavs know the drill, and it worked so well the last time!").
I'm not so sure --- asking the Russians to lean on Milosevic seemed like a reasonably good thought. Of course, Bush's *presentation* could have been better.
Gore's assertion was also based on ignorance -- which could easily lead him to make bad calls, too.
Again, i'm not sure --- it could just as easily have been mis-statement; the line between "they didn't release the results" and "they didn't release the *real* results" is pretty fuzzy, and hard to explain in a debate. maybe he just oversimplified because he assumed nobody was paying attention anyway?
Policy just isn't good theatre.
I think that is close to being the fundamental problem with modern politics: we treat it like theatre, so the policy issues get obscured. *sigh*
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