It's over dude. You've lost, so would you please go back to the rock you came out from and STFU!!!!!!!! By WILL LESTER, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - Al Gore (news - web sites) said Wednesday that President Bush (news - web sites) is making serious mistakes in the war on terrorism and called his economic plan "a catastrophic failure." That gives Democrats "an excellent chance" to win the White House in 2004, whoever their nominee is, he said. Photo Reuters Photo "Now the warlords are back in control, the Taliban is back in (Afghanistan (news - web sites)) and for a variety of reasons al-Qaida is back at full strength and Osama is back making his threats against the U.S," Gore said in an interview with The Associated Press. The Republicans dominated in the midterm elections this year, but that is because the economy's problems "did not count for a lot in the midterm elections because they shifted the national dialogue to a war with Iraq and — as the president's chief of staff put it — they waited until Labor Day to roll out a new product line," Gore said, referring to a possible war with Iraq. Gore is on the brink of deciding if he will run for the Democratic nomination in a chance to oppose Bush a second time. He said he would decide over the Christmas holidays. But he said his "gut feeling is that whoever the Democratic nominee turns out to be will have an excellent chance in 2004 simply because the Bush-Cheney economic plan has been a catastrophic failure." "By 2004, the economic consequences of this plan, now that they've got both the House and the Senate and they're unlikely to change their blueprint, I don't think it has a chance in the world of working, unfortunately," he said. Gore has said the whole Bush economic plan and economic team should be thrown out, and the administration should start over with tax cuts aimed specifically at the middle class. The former vice president was interviewed by telephone from Los Angeles. As for the war on terror, Gore was critical of the Bush administration for turning its focus toward Iraqi President Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) before it had dealt effectively with al-Qaida. He said administration officials have said al-Qaida "has reconstituted itself, regained its strength and now poses just as much of a threat to the United States today as it did immediately prior to Sept. 11. That sounds like we have not made much headway." And Gore said top military officials say the United States is losing ground in Afghanistan. Gore said that "after a magnificent response to 9-11, President Bush then lost focus." "As the fall elections approach, for whatever reason, he decided to start a new war," Gore said. "Saddam Hussein is a bad guy who deserves to be removed from power. But he is not the one who attacked us Sept. 11. He is not the one who is threatening to kill us right now. "The president succeeded during the election campaign in convincing a majority that Saddam Hussein and al-Qaida are practically the same thing ... but he convinced the majority of something that is not true and is not backed up by any evidence that I am aware of." White House officials dismissed Gore's comments as political posturing. "The president is uniting the country and the world in the global war on terrorism and we're making great progress both at home and abroad," said White House spokeswoman Claire Buchan. Gore must now decide whether the time is right for him to make another run for president amid this economic and international turmoil. "It's not just about me, it's about how I can best serve my country, whether I would be the best candidate for Democrats to put forward against Bush," Gore said. Gore got the most votes of any Democratic candidate ever and more votes than President Bush, even though he narrowly lost the electoral vote count. After keeping a low profile for months after the election loss, the 54-year-old Gore has gradually re-emerged in recent months through a series of policy speeches and a limited number of campaign appearances for Democratic candidates. He's making a book tour with his wife, Tipper, promoting the book they wrote together, "Joined At The Heart: The Transformation of the American Family." In the last few days, Gore has made numerous TV appearances, including interviews with Barbara Walters, David Letterman (news - Y! TV) and Larry King. Gore acknowledged he has plenty of work to do winning over Democrats who remain skeptical after his loss to Bush. He said he will "have to convince the political insiders and the journalistic community that I'd learned enough to run a better campaign."