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I find this timeline very accurate and fun to read, the only thing that bothers me is when I get to the end and there's nothing left to read. Keep updating you have 7 years left...update often pleasse!
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This timeline is awesome! Maybe you can evem go past current time! Can't wait for the 04 election!
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September 2002: September opened with chaos in Afghanistan. On September 5th, a car bomb in Kabul killed 30 people, with many more wounded. Only hours later, an assassination attempt was made on interim-leader Hamid Karzai, but it failed. Both events are embodied by Al-Qaeda's declaration of a "new Jihad" against the United States and its allies.

On September 6th, Secretary of State John Kerry announces Afghanistan's plan to build up and develop an national-guard-like force, which would work in conjunction with the United States, to defend its cities and borders from terrorist organizations.

On September 10th, Switzerland finally joined the United Nations.

On September 11th, the United States celebrated the one-year anniversary of 9/11/01

Following several bombing raids of the Helmand province, US Special Forces were deployed into the province in an attempt to drive Al-Qaeda and Taliban forces over into Zabul, which was mostly occupied by the United States. The offensive was quite successful, however Al-Qaeda and the Taliban retreated into a vast network of caves, some of which led across the border to Pakistan. Once again, the US Military was forced to give up its pursuit of the enemy since it could not cross the border.

Back in the United States, several Republicans, including Senators John McCain, Fred Thompson, and Don Nickles began pushing for intervention in Pakistan. Many Republicans even suggested that Pakistan housed more Al-Qaeda targets than Afghanistan, and CIA intelligence did not deny this either. If the United States had military access through Pakistan, Al-Qaeda would have a tough time reorganizing and, additionally, it would be easier to combat the terrorist organization.
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October 2002: On the morning of October 2nd, a man was killed by sniper fire in Glenmont Maryland. The next morning, four more people were killed by sniper fire, all victims being within a few miles from each other. That same night, a sixth victim was shot. The Department of Homeland Security, as well as the FBI, immediately began an investigation, and President Daschle issued a statement.

As the second week of the month rolled around, US forces were still battling Al-Qaeda and the Taliban, who had organized several new raids on convoys and outposts in the area. In one instance, a US helicopter had been shot down in the Zabul province, prompting an immediately rescue mission. Back at home, especially in the wake of the Beltway sniper attacks, Republicans were stressing that Americans were still not safe. They were also calling for action in Pakistan. President Daschle invites Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf to the White House, an offer that Musharraf accepts.
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf arrives at the White House

The meeting between Daschle and the Pakistani President resulted in President Daschle announcing "At this time, United States intervention in Pakistan would be unnecessary. Pakistani President Musharraf has assured me that his nation, an ally of ours, has already put in motion attacks to repel Al-Qaeda. From the other side of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, we are being aided by our Pakistani allies." The speech was widely criticized. Polls showed President Daschle's approval rating steadily decreasing as the President attempted to determine the next step in the War in Afghanistan.

NATIONWIDE POLL
Do you support President Daschle?
Yes: 67%
No: 33%

On October 24th, the Beltway sniper, identified as John Allen Muhammed, was arrested.

On October 25th, the United States grieved as Senator Paul Wellstone, along with his staff and family, are killed in a horriffic plane crash in Minnesota.

NATIONWIDE POLL
Do you support the War in Afghanistan?
Yes: 80%
No: 15%
Unsure: 5%

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November 2002: November was an eventful month between the 2002 Senate elections, growing pressure to take action in Pakistan, and developing problems in the nation of Iraq. Both the Senate and Gubernatorial elections happened on November 5th.

Senate Election Results, 2002:

Bold indicates a pickup:
Alabama - Jeff Sessions (R) is re-elected over Susan Parker (D)
Alaska - Ted Stevens (R) is re-elected over Frank J. Vondersaar (D)
Arkansas - Mark Pryor (D) is elected over Tim Hutchinson (R)
Colorado - Wayne Allard (R) is re-elected over Tom Strickland (D)
Delaware - Joseph Biden (D) is re-elected over Raymond J. Clatworthy (R)
Florida - C.W. Bill Young (R) is re-elected over Tommy Hazouri (D)*
Georgia - Saxby Chambliss (R) is elected over Max Cleland (D)
Idaho - Larry Craig (R) is re-elected over Alan Blinken (D)

Illinois - Dick Durbin (D) is re-elected over Jim Durkin (R)
Iowa - Tom Harkin (D) is re-elected over Greg Ganske (R)

Kansas - Pat Roberts (R) is re-elected over Steven Rosile (L)
Kentucky - Mitch McConnell (R) is re-elected over Lois Combs Weinberg (D)

Louisiana - Mary Landrieu (D) is re-elected over Suzanne Haik Terrell (R)
Maine - Susan Collins (R) is re-elected over Chellie Pingree (D)
Massachusetts - Barney Frank (D) is re-elected over Michael E. Cloud (L)**
Michigan - Carl Levin (D) is re-elected over Andrew Raczkowski (R)

Minnesota - Norm Coleman (R) defeats Walter Mondale (D)
Mississippi - Thad Cochran (R) is re-elected over Shawn O'Hara (Re.)

Montana - Max Baucus (D) is re-elected over Mike Taylor (R)
Nebraska - Chuck Hagel (R) is re-elected over Charlie Matulka (D)
New Hampshire - John Sununu (R) defeats Jeanne Shaheen (D)

New Jersey - Frank Lautenberg (D) defeats Doug Forrester (R)
New Mexico - Pete Domenici (R) is re-elected over Gloria Tristani (D)
North Carolina - Richard Burr (R) defeats Erskine Bowles
Oklahoma - Jim Inhofe (R) is re-elected over David Walters (D)
Oregon - Gordon Smith (R) is re-elcted over Bill Bradbury (D)

Rhode Island - Jack Reed (D) is re-elected over Robert Tingle (R)
South Carolina - Lindsey Graham (R) defeats Alex Sanders (D)
South Dakota - John Thune (R) is re-elected over Tim Johnson (D)***
Tennessee - Lamar Alexander (R) defeats Bob Clement (D)
Texas - John Cornyn (R) defeats Ron Kirk (D)
Virginia - John Warner (R) is re-elected over Nancy Spannaus (I)

West Virginia - Jay Rockefeller (D) is re-elected over Jay Wolfe (R)
Wyoming - Mike Enzi (R) is re-ekected over Joyce Jansa Corcoran (D)

TOTAL SEATS
Republicans-55
Democrats- 45 (including one Independent)

*C.W. Bill Young, appointed by Florida Governor Jeb Bush, filled Bob Graham's seat (formerly a Democrat seat; doesn't count as a pickup in 2002 elections since he was appointed back in 2001)
** Barney Frank filled John Kerry's seat.
*** John Thune took President Daschle's Senate seat (formerly a Democrat seat; doesn't count as pickup in 2002 elections since he was appointed back in 2001)

Gubernatorial Election Highlights:
California - Bill Simon (R) is narrowly elected over Cruz Bustamante (D)
Tennessee - Former Vice President Al Gore (D) is elected over Van Hilleary (R)
Vermont - Jim Douglas (R) is elected over Doug Racine (D)

On November 8th, the UN Security Council votes unanimously to allow arms inspectors into Iraq. Three days later, on November 11th, Saddam Hussein issued a statement claiming that Iraq would not permit the entry to arms inspectors. The refusal of entry created a great amount of speculation that Iraq had the ability to obtain weapons of mass destruction, and could furthermore be harboring terrorists. Conservatives used the global opinion of Iraq in an attempt to once again question the safety of Americans.
Saddam Hussein, the leader of Iraq, refused to comply with the UN.

On November 19th, former President Bill Clinton announced that he was considering writing a book about his presidency.

NATIONWIDE POLL
As an American, do you feel safe during your every day life?
Yes: 33%
No: 65%
Unsure: 2%

On November 21st, violence interrupted in Southeastern Afghanistan, as an American convoy is attacked by Al-Qaeda forces. Ten American soldiers are killed by the end of the battle and three convoy vehicles are destroyed. It is predicted that up to one-hundred Al-Qaeda men were responsible for the attack, with around 50% taking casualties.

On November 26th, Rasmussen released a poll showing the amount of support for action in Pakistan:
NATIONWIDE POLL
Do you believe the United States should commense military operations in Pakistan?
Yes: 56%
No: 39%
Unsure: 5%

On November 30th, French President Jacques Chirac announced in Paris that France would not send additional troops into Afghanistan to aid in combating Al-Qaeda and the Taliban. France's approval rating in the United States falls as a result to 35%.
France would not send additional troops to Afghanistan.


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December 2002: On December 3rd, the UN passed a resolution that proclaimed the right of a team of UN weapons inspectors, led by Hans Blix, to enter Iraq in order to determine the status of Iraq's weapon development.

On December 5th, a CIA report discovered evidence that Osama bin Laden may have been killed during bombing raids on Helmand province back in July. Conflicting evidence, however, pointed to the high probability of bin Laden's escape into Pakistan.

United Airlines, one of the world's biggest airline corporations, filed for bankruptcy on December 9th.

On December 15th, the UN weapons inspection team arrived in Iraq to examine Iraq's weapons. Although the team was not denied access to the country, the team was only allowed to see certain sites and not allowed to visit specific areas. Hans Blix, upon return a few days later, presented his report to the UN, claiming "it is very likely, and probable in my opinion, that Iraq has not followed the rules established by this higher Council, and harbors damaging weapons."
Hans Blix outside the U.N.

US and UK forces discovered a network of caves along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border that allowed many Al-Qaeda and Taliban men to cross the border.

NATIONWIDE POLL
Do you approve of President Daschle?
Yes: 63%
No: 37%

January 2003: 2003 began with the United States Congress being sworn in. Due to the results of the 2002 Senate elections, Republicans held a strong majority of 55 seats, while Democrats held only 45.  Republicans continued to push for action in Pakistan. Newly-elected Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss is quoted saying "Personally, I do not believe this government is doing all it can to rid the Middle East of terrorism." In his State of the Union address, President Daschle highlighted several countries, including Iraq and Pakistan, as threats to nations around the globe and explained, "Although we now face growing threats from emerging unstable nations, such as Pakistan and Iraq, our spirit and patriotism will not dim. The challenges we face in Afghanistan will still be felt at home. In this dark hour, our cooperation with governments around the world, including Pakistan, proves essential as we combat our foes." The State of the Union, while well-received by Democrats, was heavily critcized by Republicans, especially since the President put so much faith in the Pakistani government and failed to comment on Iraq.

On January 5th, seven terrorists are arrested in London for attempting to kill people by expelling ricin poison into London's underground subway.

US troops in Afghanistan combat Al-Qaeda forces and seize more than 300 rockets, all of which are believed to have been smuggled into Afghanistan from Pakistan.

Space Shuttle 'Columbia' is launched on January 16th.

The UN Security Council informed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein that he has 30 days to release all details of his weapons programs or face the consequences.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge surprised the nation on January 29th by announcing in Philadelphia that he definitely would be running for President in 2004. Ridge was so far the only person to formally announce his or her candidicy.
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February 2003: February began with trajedy as the Space Shuttle 'Columbia' disentigrated upon reentry into Earth's atmosphere on February 1st. The disaster killed all 7 of the crew and scattered debris across the Southwestern United States.

Vice President Dean, who had widely remained uninvolved with diplomacy in the Middle East, traveled to Pakistan on February 3rd to participate in discussion with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. The topic of the discussion was not disclosed by Dean or Daschle, but the media viewed it as the United States' step forward towards intervention in Pakistan. Dean returned back to the United States only three days later and, during a press conference, claimed that "Pakistan and the United States are still side-by-side in the fight against terrorist networks and additional strategies are being examined."

Vice President Dean during the February 6th press conference

Tom Ridge, the only Republican to announce his candidacy for President in 2004, began campaigning in Iowa. Ridge had announced his bid extremely early, though he claimed that the timing of his announcement would allow his to prepare for his run. Early polls showed Daschle ahead of Ridge by an average of twelve points. Ridge explained that he felt the poll was very premature.

NATIONWIDE POLL
If the 2004 Presidential Election were held today, would you vote for President Daschle or Tom Ridge?
Daschle: 55%
Ridge: 43%
Undecided: 2%

Despite the President's lead over the only GOP contender, however, Daschle's approval rating continued to decline. By mid-February, polls recorded his approval rating just under 60%, with the heaviest concentration of disapproval coming from Southern states.

A resurgence of Taliban activity along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border around February 18th resulted in a heavy US troop presence along the Southern end of the border.

On February 20th, the UN announced that it would be placing sanctions on Iraq due to a lack of cooperation on Iraq's part and failure to issue reports of weapons programs. All connections and diplomatic relations between the UN and Iraq were severed.

Ten US soldiers were killed when two Blackhawk helicopters were shot down in Eastern Afghanistan, by the Pakistan border.

March 2003: The United States launched 2 U-2 spy planes over Iraq in an attempt to gain intellegence about the country's weapon programs. While the planes were unable to find any 'weapons of mass destruction,' several weapons and missile depots are located.

Beginning on March 6th, the new Afghanistan Guard Force is deployed in Kabul. 25% of American forces from Kabul are deployed to Southern Afghanistan, along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

On March 11th, the "Do-Not-Call Implementation Act" is passed by Congress. The act is the first piece of legislation approved by the new Congress.

NATIONWIDE POLL
Do you approve of the War in Afghanistan?
Yes: 79%
No: 21%

Republican cries for increased intervention in the Middle East became louder, too. There was a lot of tension along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and Al-Qaeda and Taliban forces were using Pakistan as a means of escape from US troops. President Daschle, however, remained firm on his stance of no US intervention in the country, which angered the majority of Republicans.

On March 15th, the FBI and Chicago PD arrest four terrorists in Englewood who were planning to destroy the Sears Tower. All men were carrying C4 explosives but, more troubling, was that they were identified as part of a Pakistani chapter of Al-Qaeda. The arrest fuels more calls for action in Pakistan.
The Sears Tower, Chicago.

To make matters worse, on March 19th, US and UK troops pursued and then killed Al-Qaeda men across the border and into Pakistan. Although the troops claimed that they were unaware that they had crossed the border, the event spurs outrage among many Pakistanis. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was also outraged by the incident. US Generals insisted that since the border was not always clear, the troops did not know they had crossed. The Daschle administration now faced greater pressure to intervene in Pakistan more than ever.
US troops right outside the Pakistan border

On March 26th, Elizabeth Dole resigned her position as Secretary of Labor. Although she claimed that it was due to the fact she planned on making a run for North Carolina Governor in 2004, many believed that it was in protest to the Daschle administration's inability to intervene in Pakistan. Daschle nominated Marcy Kaptur (OH) to fill Dole's position.
Marcy Kaptur would fill Dole's position as Sec. of Labor

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April 2003: Things began spinning out of hand beginning in April. NATO forces were still involved in battling the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan; minor clashes continued to break out along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border; Pakistan still had not taken strong action on cracking down on Al-Qaeda; and Iraq continued to ignore the UN.

Marcy Kaptur was confirmed by Congress on April 4th.

Saddam Hussein made his first appearance since the UN sanctions were placed on Iraq. Before a crowd of Iraqis, Saddam denounced the United States, Israel, and UN. He also noted the presence of the United States in Afghanistan as a "shame" and predicted that the United States would fail in Afghanistan, just as the Soviets had failed many decades earlier. Additionally, Saddam announced that Iraq was fully prepared to "wipe Israel off the map" if NATO forces invaded Iraq.
Saddam Hussein condemning the U.S. and U.N.

In response to Saddam's address, President Daschle called a summit with other global leaders. Tony Blair, Gerhard Schröder, Jacques Chirac, and José María Aznar all attended. At the summit, the leaders discussed the best way to deal with Iraq. French President Jacques Chirac promised that France would veto any decision to invade Iraq via the U.N., a move that especially angered Daschle and Blair. By the end of the summit, nothing had been agreed upon. Both Blair and Daschle were hesitant to invade Iraq, but agreed that a bombing campaign in the near future would be the best bet.
President Daschle during Day 2 of the Summit

As US troops rushed to secure the Southern provinces of Afghanistan, a series of attacks by the Taliban slowed progress. In one instance, a car bomb parked in the small village of Kutmah killed five US troops.

On April 14th, the Human Genome Project, regarded by scientists as a major step in the field of science, is completed.

On April 18th, George Tenet, the Secretary of Homeland Security, announced that another terrorist attack before the 2004 election was "not likely, and definitely not inevitable."

Republican candidate Tom Ridge made his first visit to New Hampshire in an attempt to rally support for the 2004 election.

On April 27th, President Daschle and Tony Blair addressed the United Nations and explained that action against Iraq had to be taken in order to maintain the safety of Israel and other Middle Eastern countries. As a result, the UN issued another ultimatum to Iraq, calling for Saddam to step down as leader of Iraq and weapons reports to be issued by May 10th. 
Tony Blair addressing the U.N.

Congress passed the PROTECT Act, which revolved around preventing child abuse, by an overwhelming majority on April 30th.

May 2003: United States troops continued to clash with Al-Qaeda along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. More Blackhawk helicopters are deployed along the border.

NATIONWIDE POLL
Do you support President Daschle?
Yes: 58%
No: 40%
Unsure: 2%

On an interview with Larry King, former Presidential candidate and Texas Governor George W. Bush states that he will not be running for President in the 2004 election.
George Bush would not be running in 2004

May 10th arrived and Iraq still had not followed through on the United Nation's demands. Saddam, instead, once again condemned the United Nations, as well as the U.S. and U.K. Additionally, he restated his threat to Israel if NATO troops invaded Iraq. In response to the speech, Israel began to mobilize some of its army divisions.

Violence erupted in India on May 12th as a Pakistani terrorist organization affiliated with Al-Qaeda attacks the Umaid Bhawan Palace in Rajasthan, India. Although the buildings were not damaged nor were any of its residents injured, several Indian guards are killed. The attack sparks outrage among the Indian people, both in Indian and abroad.

As Pakistan grew increasingly unstable and Al-Qaeda's presence increaesd in the Northwestern part of the country, President Daschle demanded that Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf take control of the nation.

On May 25th, Virginia Senator George Allen announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination in 2004 in Iowa. "In a threatening world, this country needs a leader who isn't afraid to take the necessary steps to stop terrorism and secure the safety of this country. America, I am your man."
George Allen announcing his candidacy for the GOP nomination
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I should have the next update by later today or tomorrow. The 2004 Republican Primaries are coming soon.
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June 2003: The United States joined many other nations in France for the 29th G8 Summit from June 1st to June 3rd. Remaining Taliban factions in Afghanistan increased attacks upon NATO and US soldiers in protest to the summit. The Summit was greeted by a large amount of protesting.
Protests outside G8

Congress passed the Job Growth and Tax Reinvestment Act of 2003, which revolved around creating new jobs via implementing new taxing strategies. Only 8 Democrats voted for the bill, with the majority voting against it. President Daschle vetoed it and asked Congress to "redesign" it. The move angered several Republicans.

The New York Times released an article discussing the possibility of Osama bin Laden's whereabouts, citing that the most likely location was Pakistan.

On June 16th, in D.C., Missouri Senator John Ashcroft announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination. "We are entering times that call for a real leader - a different kind of leader. In a changing world, we must be prepared and we must be ready to combat our foes. It is for that reason, that I am hereby declaring my candidacy."
John Ashcroft would be a contender for the nomination, as well.

Inital polls among Republicans showed Allen being the favored candidate nationally over Ashcroft and Ridge.

NATIONWIDE POLL
Which GOP candidate will you support in the 2004 election?
Allen: 35%
Ashcroft: 29%
Ridge: 23%
Other: 3%
Unsure: 10%

Republicans began realizing, however, that despite the fact that President Daschle's approval ratings hovered between 50 and 55%, they would not have such an easy time beating him unless they had candidates with experience on the ticket. Marc Racicot, the Republican National Committee Chairman, privately encouraged bids from "older" Senators and Governors.

On June 27th, Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn announced his candidacy for President in Nevada. Guinn, who was barely known outside of Nevada, let alone the West Coast, was considered, however, by some political anaylists to be a Dark Horse. "He definitely has potential if he plays his cards right,"one CNN analyst explained.
Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn

President Daschle and Tony Blair met at the end of June in London to determine what to do with Iraq once more. They finally decided on a bombing campaign in mid-July if Saddam's tactics did not cease.

At the end of June, President Daschle's approval ratings were recorded at 53% - the lowest during his entire presidency.

NATIONWIDE POLL
Do you approve of President Daschle?
Yes: 53%
No: 45%
Unsure: 2%

July 2003: Secretary of the Treasury Alan Krueger announced that the economy would begin to improve in the next few months.

Governor Guinn and Senator Ashcroft both begin their campaigns by visiting Iowa.

Initial polls showed Allen and, surprisingly, Guinn as the best candidates in a match-up against Daschle.

NATIONWIDE POLL
If the 2004 election were held today between President Daschle and Senator Allen, who would you vote for?
Daschle: 53%
Allen: 47%

NATIONWIDE POLL
If the 2004 election were held today between President Daschle and Governor Guinn, who would you vote for?
Daschle: 54%
Guinn: 46%

Riots erupted in Pakistan on July 12th as the Pakistani people began realizing that their government was doing next to nothing to combat growing terrorist factions, especially in Northwestern Pakistan.

On the night of July 14th, only ten minutes before President Daschle was planning to order the commencement of the Iraq bombing campaign, he received a troubling phone call. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf had been assassinated in Islamabad. The country descended into chaos as several leaders struggled for control over the country. On the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Al-Qaeda launched a daring offensive against US troops.
Chaos had erupted in Paskitan

The following day, an immediate and urgent session of Congress was called, during which the Pakistan Intervention Act was both submitted and passed overwhelmingly. Following the word to proceed into Pakistan by President Daschle, U.S. generals ordered American troops to cross the very border they had been forced to look over for the past year.

UK troops also joined the offensive into Pakistan. Germany promised to send additional troops. France, on the other hand, announced it would not any more troops. NATO announced it would hold a meeting to determine whether the intervention in Pakistan was needed.

On July 21st, former presidential candidate and Arizona Senator John McCain announced in Phoenix that he would also be running for president. McCain, who had been defeated by Bush in the Republican primaries in 2000, brought a new look to his campaign this time. "A few years ago, I stood here before you, explaining that we must stop wasteful spending and take control of our country before we watch it spiral out of control. When we elected our current president, we hoped things would change. But they have not. My friends, let us move this country forward as we combat our enemies." John McCain also brought his war experience to the table, as well.
McCain also threw his hat in the ring for the GOP nomination.

The decision to intervene in Pakistan boosted President Daschle's approval rating back up to 60%, though with an unfinished battle in Afghanistan, a cloudy fight in Pakistan, and an increasingly unstable Iraq, nobody knew for sure how long a 60% approval rating would last.
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August 2003: "At this time, we begin a new chapter of our war against terrorism. Our troops march onto Pakistan soil to protect people across the world, from the corners of Asia, to the sweeping jungles of South America, and everywhere in between, including our beloved homeland, from terrorist threats. I know a heavy burden now rests upon our shoulders, but I am asking for your support as we combat those who wish to destroy us, and I promise that we will walk to victory." The beginning of the month was marked by such an address to the United States by President Daschle. Clashes between US troops and Al-Qaeda soared in Pakistan, as the United States' crossing of the border put almost all of Al-Qaeda's supply depots in jeopardy.

President Daschle, during a telephone conference with Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, asks Vajpayee to not intervene in the situation in Pakistan, out of fear of escalation, but to remain vigilant on the Indian-Pakistan border. The Prime Minister agrees.

On August 3rd, former Vice Presidential candidate and Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination.

Early Republican polls of the candidates showed McCain and Allen virtually tied. GOP strategists pushed for the entrance of a Republican from the Deep South, in an attempt to rally the base in the 2004 election, but nobody stepped up to the plate.

NATIONWIDE POLL
Which GOP candidate do you support for President?
McCain: 31%
Allen: 30%
Guinn: 19%
Ashcroft: 10%
Ridge: 7%
Thompson: 3%

On August 14th, US and UK troops reached a heavy Al-Qaeda stronghold outside Peshawar and a week-long battle ensued, with as many as 35 US casualties. The battle proved to be a victory for the United States nonetheless, however. On the same day, a widespread power-outage disabled power for millions in the Northeastern United States.

On August 17th, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions announced his bid for the presidency in Alabama. Sessions was the Deep South candidate the GOP desired.
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions - could he be the candidate the GOP desired?

Session's entry into the GOP race completely mixed things up. Many Southerners were split between voting for McCain, Allen, and Sessions. Polls recording for the GOP primary began on August 20th, and it quickly became obvious how uncertain the race would be.

NATIONWIDE GOP POLL - AUGUST 20 2003
Which GOP candidate do you support for President?
Allen: 25.2%
McCain: 24.6%
Sessions: 20.5%
Guinn: 12.9%
Ridge: 8.1%
Ashcroft: 5.6%
Thompson: 3.1%

All candidates had begun their campaigning in either Iowa or New Hampshire, or both. The first GOP Primary debate was only a few months away and each candidate scrambled to get as much support as they could.

At the end of August, NATO command decided that it would deploy troops into Pakistan, but only into regions that had been "secured." France bitterly protested the decision at first, which angered Americans, Democrat and Republican alike. NATO command's participation, however, would allow US troops to advance more quickly.

NATIONWIDE POLL
Do you support President Daschle?
Yes: 58%
No: 40%
Unsure: 2%

On August 30th, Secretary of State Kerry made another visit to Afghanistan to meet with U.S. troops and determine the status of Afghanistan's Guard Force.

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hmmm.. might have to re-think my endorsement of Dachsle. Amazing timeline, keep writing!
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« Reply #93 on: August 05, 2009, 05:34:56 pm »
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This is a good timeline GLP, seems like Daschle will be vulnerable especially with the 12 year curse running against. The Republican's are pretty good at getting the Previous election's runner up a shot at the nomination the next go around. Although I kinda would like to see Jack Kemp make a final go at the Presidency. Keep it comming
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« Reply #94 on: August 05, 2009, 05:50:13 pm »
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Imagine if Allen has his Macaca moment two years earlier..
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Imagine if Allen has his Macaca moment two years earlier..

Anything is possible...

Thanks for the comments, guys. Next update will probably be tomorrow!
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September 2003: As the Taliban in Afghanistan launched offensives from a series of caves along the border, the United States launched Operation Stingray, in which US troops flanked the hidden Taliban forces from Pakistan. The operation was hailed as successful, and even resulted in the capture of several top Taliban leaders.
US soldiers patrolling mountains during Operation Stingray

The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 was passed.

All the GOP candidates viciously campaigned in Iowa as the beginning of Primary season began to close in. Allen and McCain were still virtually tied nationally. Ridge, on the other hand, campaigned heavily in New Hampshire, hoping to swing the state in his favor when the New Hampshire Primary arrived.

On September 10th, the first GOP Primary Debate was held. The debate's major issue was the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as an increasingly unstable Iraq, but the economy was mentioned, as well. McCain, Sessions, and Guinn were viewed as the winners of the debate. Viewers claimed that Allen had come off as unprepared and clumsy.
Allen was viewed as unprepared and clumsy during the debate

NATIONWIDE POLL - SEPTEMBER 12 2003
Which GOP candidate do you support for President?
McCain: 26.4%
Sessions: 25.1%
Allen: 19.4%
Guinn: 12.9%
Ridge: 10.4%
Ashcroft: 3.6%
Thompson: 2.2%

The poll on September 12th proved that McCain and Sessions now led the pack. Ashcroft's campaign had lost tons of support as prospective voters flocked to other camps. Former Vice Presidential candidate Tommy Thompson had not picked up nearly as much support as he had hoped, but stayed in the race anyway. It was soon realized, however, that Guinn's presence in the race took away potential McCain supporters.

Afghanistan's Guard Force is increased in Kabul, as more US troops are deployed to the Peshawar.

On September 20th, chaos broke out in Islamabad when three car bombs are detonated in a marketplace, killing more than 100 people.

CIA reports confirmed the presence of Al-Qaeda bases to the far West of Islamabad. President Daschle ordered the immediate air strike of these bases. The air strike only proved to be somewhat successful.

On Meet the Press, Alabama Senator Sessions claimed, "I am unhappy with the way this country is being run. I think this administration has done an awful job of pursuing those who have attacked us. We still have not captured Osama bin Laden, in fact, we have no idea where he even is."

On September 23rd, Vice President Dean announced that the United States hoped to have all US troops out of Afghanistan, with the exception of border patrols and minor security forces, by December 2004. While Democrats praised the plan, some Republicans, including Senator Sessions and Governor Ridge, criticized it as "too optimistic."
Vice President Dean announcing the plans for troop placement in Afghanistan

By the end of the month, it became apparent to President Daschle that he was faced with a difficult situation. Despite overwhelming praise and approval of the wars in Afghanistan and, to a lesser extent, Pakistan, Republican criticism was still tearing at his approval rating. In just the month of September, Daschle had seen his approval rating drop from 58% to 54%.

October 2003: With autumn in full swing, McCain and Sessions continued to duel for first place in the polls. The first of several Iowa polls was released, showing Sessions, McCain, and Guinn at a virtual tie. Surely, the GOP primary season was beginning to look like a long one.
Guinn campaigning

IOWA POLL - OCTOBER 2 2003
Which GOP candidate do you support for President?
Sessions: 23.5%
McCain: 23.1%
Guinn: 22.5%
Allen: 16.2%
Thompson: 8.2%
Ridge: 5.1%
Ashcroft: 1.4%

Thompson's edge over Ridge and Ashcroft was not surprising, since Thompson had campaigned with Bush in the previous election and the two had only narrowly lost the state to the Daschle/Dean ticket. Allen, who didn't come off as prepared and friendly as Sessions, McCain, and Guinn, still hoped to at least come in second.

On October 21st, Larry King interviewed President Daschle at the White House for a 2-hour special. During the interview, Daschle explained, "You know it's odd; I never expected to be a war-time President. But, I guess very few men do. There are certainly things that I would do differently if I had to do it over again, but I think our success in Afghanistan and Pakistan speaks for itself, not to mention that our Department of Homeland Security has done an excellent job of preventing other terrorist attacks."

NATIONWIDE POLL
Do you support the War in Pakistan?
Yes: 60%
No: 37%
Unsure: 3%

NATIONWIDE POLL
Do you support the War in Afghanistan?
Yes: 78%
No: 22%

As October came to a close, there was another GOP primary debate. Viewers unanimously agreed that McCain was easily the victor, with Sessions coming in a close second, and Allen in third. Many argued that Guinn came off as too senile. Despite Sessions' consistent lead in Iowa, McCain led nationally. But would the Arizona Senator be able to hold his small lead?
Would McCain be able to hold his national lead over Sessions?

NATIONWIDE POLL - OCTOBER 30 2003
Which GOP candidate do you support for President?
McCain: 27.0%
Sessions: 25.8%
Allen: 20.2%
Guinn: 11.2%
Ridge: 10.2%
Ashcroft: 3.1%
Thompson: 2.5%
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Any comments/suggestions before I continue? Big update coming soon, including the Iowa Caucus.
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Hmm the Iowa Caucus should be interesting...Im guessing Sessions might take it from old Johnny Boy, who should win New Hampshire.
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I endorse Governor Guinn of Nevada, for the Presidency in 2004 Smiley and if hel oses, than I will support Macaca Allen.
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