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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Darth Cheney, Part II

Must read article today:

‘Cheney cabal hijacked US foreign policy’

Sith Lords:
Vice-President Dick Cheney and a handful of others had HIJACKED the government's foreign policy apparatus, deciding in secret to carry out policies that had left the US weaker and more isolated in the world, the TOP AIDE TO former Secretary of State COLIN POWELL claimed on Wednesday.

In a scathing attack on the record of President George W. Bush, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, chief of staff to Mr Powell until last January, said: “What I saw was a cabal between the vice-president of the United States, Richard CHENEY, and the secretary of defense, Donald RUMSFELD, on critical issues that made decisions that the bureaucracy did not know were being made.

“Now it is paying the consequences of making those decisions in secret, but far more telling to me is America is paying the CONSEQUENCES.”
"What consequences?"

26 Iraqis and 5 G.I.'s Killed; Reporter Missing

"Right."
The American military said three soldiers were killed Wednesday by a roadside bomb near the town of Balad. One soldier was killed and four were wounded in a vehicle fire near Tikrit, Mr. Hussein's hometown. A fifth soldier was killed and three were wounded by a roadside bomb near Iskandariya.

A British soldier was killed by a roadside bomb late Tuesday, the British defense ministry said.
1,987 soldiers to date.

Back to the FIRST article:
The comments, made at the New America Foundation, a Washington think-tank, were the harshest attack on the administration by a former senior official since criticisms by Richard Clarke, former White House terrorism czar, and Paul O'Neill, former Treasury secretary, early last year.

Mr Wilkerson said his decision to go public had led to a personal falling out with Mr Powell, whom he served for 16 years at the Pentagon and the State Department.

“He's not happy with my speaking out because, and I admire this in him, he is the world's most loyal soldier."

Among his other charges:

? The detainee abuse at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere was “a concrete example” of the decision-making problem, with the president and other top officials in effect giving the green light to soldiers to abuse detainees.

“You don't have this kind of pervasive attitude out there unless you've condoned it.”

? Condoleezza RICE, the former national security adviser and now secretary of state, was “part of the problem”.

Instead of ensuring that Mr Bush received the best possible advice, “she would side with the president to build her intimacy with the president”.

? The military, particularly the army and marine corps, is overstretched and demoralised. Officers, Mr Wilkerson claimed, “start voting with their feet, as they did in Vietnam. . . and all of a sudden your military begins to unravel”.
When it rains...it pours.

"Someone" is going after Cheney.

Don't you think?

Cheney's Office Is A Focus in Leak Case - Sources Cite Role Of Feud With CIA

Methinks that DICK made one too many visits to the CIA...demanding pro-war intelligence.

And "they" are swinging back.

Capice?
As the investigation into the leak of a CIA agent's name hurtles to an apparent conclusion, special prosecutor Patrick J. Fitzgerald has zeroed in on the role of Vice President Cheney's office, according to lawyers familiar with the case and government officials.

The prosecutor has assembled evidence that suggests Cheney's long-standing tensions with the CIA contributed to the unmasking of operative Valerie Plame.

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Starting in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the vice president was at the forefront of a White House campaign to convince Congress and the American public that invading Iraq was central to defeating terrorists worldwide. Cheney, a longtime proponent of toppling Saddam Hussein, led the White House effort to build the case that Iraq was an imminent threat because it possessed a dangerous arsenal of weapons.

Before the war, HE TRAVELED TO CIA HEADQUARTERS for briefings, an UNUSUAL MOVE that some critics interpreted as an effort to pressure intelligence officials into supporting his view of the evidence.
"Where's that 'intelligence' I asked for?"

"Doesn't exist, sir."

"The fuck it doesn't!"
After the war, when critics started questioning whether the White House relied on faulty information to justify war, Cheney and Libby were central to the effort to defend the intelligence and discredit the naysayers in Congress and elsewhere.
Like Joe Wilson.
Administration officials acknowledge that Cheney was immersed in Iraq intelligence, and pressed aides repeatedly for information on weapons programs.

He regularly requested follow-up information from the CIA and others when a piece of intelligence caught his eye.
"I need a piece of paper that has the words 'Iraq,' 'Osama,' and 'nuclear' on it. Can you get that for me?"

"Those words don't really go together, sir."

"You'll figure it out."
Wilson's trip, for example, was triggered by a question Cheney asked during a regular morning intelligence briefing. He had received a Defense Intelligence Agency report alleging Iraq had sought uranium from Niger and wanted to know what else the CIA may have known. Cheney's office was not told ahead of time about the Wilson mission to investigate the claim.
Final bit of info:
In the Bush White House, Cheney typically has operated secretly, relying on advice from a tight circle of longtime advisers, including Libby; David Addington, his counsel; and his wife, LYNNE, and two children, including Liz, a top State Department official.
He's relying on advice from...Lynne?!

We're fucked.

"Art should be outlawed!"

"I'll get on it, dear."

"And books!"

More later...after the WH press conference.

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