At least Chafee's campign means Bush is not just being 'crowned' by his party and has to answer some of the internal party critics.
I love victim blaming.Simply never, the Chechen war might be longer and a little bit bloodier but, in the end, there is simply no way for the Chechens to win. With regards to Ukraine, if the Ukrainians don't attack the Russians and the European Union still signs the Minsk Agreement, Putin will do the same thing that he did in OTL. Russia was already prepared for war in 2014 (to be more accurate the Ukrainian army at the time was a lot worse than the one of today) but decided not to directly intervene because he wanted to reach an agreement over Ukraine with the West. We could even see the war of OTL 2022 be avoided if the UE and USA feel that the Russians are not bluffing and force Ukraine to adhere to the Minsk 2 Agreements. Yes, Crimea will be lost but Donbas would be reintegrated into Ukraine and all the suffering would have been avoided.
Ironically, I just watched Forrest Gump for the first time ever on Netflix last night. Loved it!More dequels thoroughly swept the box office in 2003 with a series of blockbusters including X-Men 2, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Charlies Angels 2 Full throttle, two separate Matrix sequels (The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions and Gump & Co the sequel to the 1994 award-winning Forrest Gump starring Tom Hanks again as the titular Gump.
Gump & Co follows Forrest and his son ‘Little Forrest’ Gump Jr (played by Haley Joel Osmond) and details the Gump’s hectic lives in America through the 1980s and 1990s, such antics include losing control over the Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, meeting the Reagans, Clintons and the Bush’s, inventing New Coke, exposing the Iran Contra affair, inspiring Ross Perot to run for President and reporting on the Gulf War. While the film did well at the box office, and critics praised the acting duo of Hanks and Osmond for the adorable father-son relationship on screen, critics noted that the film had less heart than the original and was more focused on making its cultural references (like meeting John Hinkley Junior or cleaning the Exxon Valdez Oil spill) than it did telling its own sotrym and did not perform as well as its original with the critics, the public or award shows.
(Left to Right) 2003 Releases, Lord of the Rings Return of the King, X Men 2, and Gump & Co
Things can still happen. Even if there aren’t boots on the ground the US can militarily intervene in a number of places in the MENA region or SE Asia. If or when the Arab Spring happens, there could be US planes flying plenty of sorties in a number of places.Will there be any major US Military interventions in this timeline?
New Hampshire Democratic Primary Results
2004 New Hampshire Democratic Primary Wiki box
John Kerry, Al Gore and John Edwards celebrate their 1st 2nd and 3rd place in the New Hampshire primary
New Hampshire Republican Primary Results
Senator Lincoln Chafee concedes
Excerpt from the 2004 Republican Primary Wikipedia page
President George W. Bush
Things got testier when the candidates were questioned on their opposition to Bush's request for congressional approval for military action in Iraq, Edwards the only Democrat on stage who supported Bush’s request “I’ve always said from the very beginning that from the evidence I have seen that Saddam Hussein was a threat, I had issues with the wording of the resolution, I did not want to provide the President with a blank check, but it is clear that President Bush’s diplomacy had failed, he couldn’t convince the United Nations, he couldn’t convince NATO and that is a failure of leadership”
The New Hampshire Democratic debate
Your edits of Al Gore at the New Hampshire debates and the Gore '04 sign are pretty good, Iwanh. This is a pretty nice update.The debate did not ruin Gore’s lead in the New Hampshire primary but his lead thinned considerably as more undecided voters made up their minds, Kerry gained considerably in the race rising 5 points, only a couple percentage points behind Gore, and within the margin of error. As New Hampshire voters lined up to cast ballots for the ‘first in the nation's primary, the three major candidates worked hard to knock on every door and kiss every baby in the bitter New Hampshire winter. Making their closing arguments across the frigid landscape, voters had two main things on their minds, electability and the economy. Many were still undecided on their march to the polling stations, with a decent chunk of still undecided voters ''Everyone is cycling around because they all want to vote for someone who can win, but no one knows who that will be”. Said one person at an Edwards rally ''Do you want the guy who looks good on TV? Then you want Edwards. The one that sounds good, Kerry. Experience? Then you go for Gore. They all have pluses, and they all have warts, so it's hard to know who's going to play strongest against Bush.''.
The 3 candidates on the campaign trail
Thank you so much for the compliment. As they say 'the possibilities are endless!'Your edits of Al Gore at the New Hampshire debates and the Gore '04 sign are pretty good, Iwanh. This is a pretty nice update.
I wonder if the 2004 US presidential election will be a rematch against Bush and Gore, Bush and Kerry like in OTL, or Bush and Edwards. Anything's possible in a world without 9/11.