Re-reading Al Gore's 2002 address on Iraq, it's interesting how prescient he was, noting that the Bush administration was rushing to war without careful analysis of what to expect after Saddam was toppled, and "the resulting chaos in the aftermath of a military victory in Iraq could easily pose a far greater danger to the United States than we presently face from Saddam." While he did accept the intelligence that Saddam was probably seeking weapons of mass destruction, he opposed the Bush doctrine of launching unilateral pre-emptive strikes on Iraq without the support of our allies, on the grounds that we would need their support in the aftermath. "If we decided to go it alone, then the risks, whatever they are would be greater than with a coalition," Gore said. On Afghanistan, after the U.S. overthrew the Taliban, Bush failed to maintain an international force of 35,000 troops, he noted. This has contributed to the Taliban COMING BACK, and making our job in Afghanistan unfinished and much harder today.