No W-An Alternate 2000s TL

Wonder how long till a Taliban offensive from Northwest Pakistan. Also definitely a need for a lot of US and NATO troops and quick. Will a future update cover how Afghanistan is dealing with the likely massive amounts of refugees from Pakistan?
 
CAR BOMB EXPLODES AT MOSQUE IN DEARBORN

Detroit Free Press, February 8, 2002

A car bomb went during Friday services at a mosque in Dearborn, Michingan, killing 10 people.

The bombing is thought to be part of a wave of anti-Muslim hate crimes occurring in the aftermath of 9/11.

President Cheney has condemned these crimes. "The vast majority of American Muslims are decent, freedom-loving people who are just as horrified by the actions of Islamic terrorists as the rest of us" he said in a press conference in Dearborn. "To resort to attacking innocent, non-terrorist Muslims is to sink as low as the terrorists themselves."
 
VENEZUELAN PRESIDENT OVERTHROWN IN COUP

New York Times, April 11, 2002

Hugo Chavez, the colorful and controversial president of Venezuela, has been overthrown in a military coup.

Chavez, who was elected to the presidency in 1999, has stirred up intense opposition due to his socialist policies. The rebelling officers have vowed to "undo the damage" caused by Chavez's so-called mismanagement.
 
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Lost Freeway, is this some kind of worldscrew to make us think that W wasn't the worst thing that the universe could inflict on us? :D
 
CHENEY: We have solid evidence that the crash of TWA Flight 800 was an act of terrorism, and that the Clinton administration conspired to cover it up.

REPORTER: But why would the government want to cover up an attack on American citizens?

CHENEY: It was an election year. Exposing the vulnerability of America to terrorism would have been detrimental to Clinton's re-election campaign.

White House press conference, April 12, 2002
 
CIVIL WAR ERUPTS IN VENEZUELA

The Daily Mirror, April 13, 2002

Widespread fighting has broken out between supporters of deposed Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez and the military junta. Chavez, who has escaped to Cuba with, has called on the people of Venezuela to resist the "reactionaries" running the junta.
 
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I don't think Cheney would pick Powell as Vice President. By picking a pro choice person, he is alienating mcuh of the Republican base.
 
BILL INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS TO BAN "OBJECTIONABLE" VIDEO GAMES

Wall Street Journal, April 14, 2002

A bill has been introduced in Congress to ban the production and sale of video games with "objectionable" content. The Video Game Content Regulation Act, introduced by Representative Jim Sensenbrenner(R-WI), calls for the banning of any game with "gratuitous violence, sexual themes, or other morally questionable content." Critics note that the bill, if signed into law, would outlaw all video games rated higher than "T" by the ESRB.
 
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ARGUMENT IN UN OVER NORTHEAST INDIA

New York Times, April 14, 2002

A heated argument took place in the United Nations over China's occupation of Northeast India.

Kamalesh Sharma, Permanent Representative for India, accused China of muscling in on rightful Indian territory. Wang Yingfan, Permanent Representative for China, retorted by saying that China was simply there to keep the peace, which India was incapable of.

The People's Republic of China moved into the region after the nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan last December, taking advantage of India's retreat south of the 20th parallel.
 
ARGUMENT IN UN OVER NORTHEAST INDIA
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The People's Republic of China moved into the region after the nuclear exchange between India and Pakistan last December, taking advantage of India's retreat south of the 20th parallel.
Naturally, all the occupying troops are "volunteers".

(With the radiation extant, sort of gives a whole new spin on "Reds".)
 
PRESIDENT CALLS FOR EXTENDING OPERATIONS INTO PAKISTAN

Washington Post, April 20, 2002

In a speech to the US Congress, President Cheney has called for boots on the ground in Pakistan.

Ever since the nuclear exchange, parts of Pakistan have come under the sway of the Taliban, who have used the shattered country as a launching point for attacks on Coalition forces in Afghanistan.

In addition to fighting the Taliban, Cheney has also argued a humanitarian responsibility, saying that America should help rebuild Pakistan.
 
BILL INTRODUCED IN CONGRESS TO BAN "OBJECTIONABLE" VIDEO GAMES

Wall Street Journal, April 14, 2002

A bill has been introduced in Congress to ban the production and sale of video games with "objectionable" content. The Video Game Content Regulation Act, introduced by Representative Jim Sensenbrenner(R-WI), calls for the banning of any game with "gratuitous violence, sexual themes, or other morally questionable content." Critics note that the bill, if signed into law, would outlaw all video games rated higher than "T" by the ESRB.
No way that's going to pass. Freedom of expression is pretty deeply ingrained in America.
It's not expected to pass. It's a political move to show a certain segment of the voting public that their Congresscritter shares their values and is attempting to Do Something to alleviate this Menace to the Moral Fiber of America's Youth(tm).The proponents get points for introducing the bill and it gives them an issue to use against any who vote against it. See repealing Obamacare or defunding Planned Parenthood or banning burning the American flag or any number of other issues.
 
VIDEO GAME CONTENT REGULATION ACT KILLED IN HOUSE

New York Times, April 21, 2002

The Video Game Content Regulation Act has been killed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 257 to 178. Video game companies everywhere have breathed a sigh of relief. Representative Sensenbrenner has refused to acknowledge defeat, saying he will re-introduce the bill when "the American people have elected more friendly voices."
 
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VIDEO GAME CONTENT REGULATION ACT KILLED IN HOUSE

New York Times, April 21, 2002

The Video Game Content Regulation Act has been killed in the House of Representatives by a vote of 57 to 42. Video game companies everywhere have breathed a sigh of relief. Representative Sensenbrenner has refused to acknowledge defeat, saying he will re-introduce the bill when "the American people have elected more friendly voices."
The story continued, A spokesperson for the video game industry quipped, "Representative Nonsenenbrenner needs to read the Constitution, especially that bit about freedom of the press. The moral character of children is the provence of their parents; children spend more time with their parents than they spend with a video game. If that's not the case then the family has bigger problems than the childrens' choice of entertainment."
 
FORTUYN WOUNDED IN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT

De Telegraaf, May 6, 2002

Pim Fortuyn, the controversial author and anti-immigration activist, was wounded while campaigning for his political party.

Fortuyn, who has attracted controversy for his stance on Muslim immigration to the Netherlands, was shot in a parking lot outside a radio station in Hilversum. The shooter was apprehended by Fortuyn's driver.

Afterwards, Fortuyn was rushed to a hospital. Doctors have reported his present condition to be stable.
 
The story continued, A spokesperson for the video game industry quipped, "Representative Nonsenenbrenner needs to read the Constitution, especially that bit about freedom of the press. The moral character of children is the provence of their parents; children spend more time with their parents than they spend with a video game. If that's not the case then the family has bigger problems than the childrens' choice of entertainment."
I can assure you we haven't seen the last of Sensenbrenner or his bill.
 
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