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” ‘He believes in nation building,’ [Republican presidential candidate George W.] Bush said of Democratic candidate Al Gore at their first debate, on October 3, 2000. ‘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.’ As a result of wanton Clinton administration policies, he added, ‘I believe we’re overextended in too many places.’ ”

 – Thomas E. Ricks, Fiasco, Page 24

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