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Monday, October 24, 2005

The Establishment Strikes Back, Part Deux

Well -

Bob Novak (Jon Stewart's "Douchebag of Liberty") has, uh, flipped.

The info is buried within this article about Patrick Fitzgerald -

Inquiry as Exacting As Special Counsel Is

The info:
To exhaust all possibilities, Fitzgerald questioned a number of witnesses under oath even when he was confident they could add little to the grand jury's knowledge.

Legal sources say he studied inconsistencies and forgotten facts from witnesses, including Rove, whose early testimony differed from Cooper's recollections.

ROVE, who spoke to the grand jury four times, CHANGED HIS STORY after failing to mention that he discussed Wilson and his wife with the Time correspondent.
Well, well, well.

Whadayaknow? Karl "changed his story." (Funny: That was not the headline.)

Here's the Novak stuff:
A critical early success for Fitzgerald was winning the cooperation of ROBERT D. NOVAK, the Chicago Sun-Times columnist who named Plame in a July 2003 story and attributed key information to "two senior administration officials."

Legal sources said NOVAK AVOIDED A FIGHT AND QUIETLY HELPED THE SPECIAL COUNSEL'S INQUIRY, although neither the columnist nor his attorney have said so publicly.
Hey now.

"Cancel his membership."

"Yes, sir."

Moving on...

Good stuff re: Brent Scowcroft's attack on the NEO-CONS (as mentioned in yesterday's post) --


The first Gulf War was a success, Scowcroft said, because the President knew better than to set unachievable goals.

"I'm not a pacifist," he said. "I believe in the use of force. But there has to be a good reason for using force. And you have to know when to stop using force." Scowcroft does not believe that the promotion of American-style democracy abroad is a sufficiently good reason to use force.

"I thought we ought to make it our duty to help make the world friendlier for the growth of liberal regimes," he said. "You encourage democracy over time, with assistance, and aid, the traditional way. Not how the neocons do it."

THE NEOCONSERVATIVES -- the Republicans who argued most fervently for the second Gulf war -- BELIEVE IN THE EXPORT OF DEMOCRACY, BY VIOLENCE IF THAT IS REQUIRED, Scowcroft said.


And now, Scowcroft said, America is suffering from the consequences of that brand of revolutionary utopianism. "This was said to be part of the war on terror, but Iraq feeds terrorism," he said.
"What consequences?"

1,997 US Casulaties to date.


How about this?
Army Spc. Joseph Dwyer angled a mirror out the back window of his apartment in El Paso, Texas, trying to make out the Iraqis in the evening gloom. He couldn't see them, but he felt that they were out there somewhere, ready to attack.

Holding his 9-mm handgun tight, the 29-year-old medic from Mount Sinai phoned in an air strike using military code. He directed the fighter jets to his own street address.

Then he heard a noise from the roof -- maybe an Iraqi trying to get in? -- and that's when Dwyer began firing.

Nobody was hurt in the three-hour standoff Oct. 6 in which Dwyer, deep in a post-traumatic stress-induced delusion, barricaded himself into his apartment, fighting off an imaginary Iraqi attack.
Almost one in six soldiers returning from Iraq have symptoms of PTSD, major depression or anxiety, a study published in July of last year in the New England Journal of Medicine found.

If the study, led by Department of Defense researcher Col. Charles W. Hoge, is an accurate predictor, more than 25,000 of the 154,000 who have served in Iraq will have mental health problems.

That's right.

Back to Brent Scowcroft:
"THE REAL ANOMALY in the Administration IS CHENEY," Scowcroft said. "I consider Cheney a good friend -- I've known him for thirty years. BUT DICK CHENEY I DON'T KNOW ANYMORE."
Well, Brent, the REAL Dick Cheney "may have died" after heart attack 2 or 3.

This one's a robot - from the future - sent back in time - to destroy us all.
He went on, "I don't think Dick Cheney is a neocon, but allied to the core of neocons is that bunch who thought we made a mistake in the first Gulf War, that we should have finished the job.

There was another bunch who were traumatized by 9/11, and who thought, 'The world's going to hell and we've got to show we're not going to take this, and we've got to respond, and Afghanistan is O.K., but it's not sufficient.'"

Scowcroft supported the invasion of Afghanistan as a "direct response" to terrorism.
A common criticism of the Administration of George W. Bush is that it ignores ideas that conflict with its aims. "We always made sure the President was hearing all the possibilities," John Sununu, who served as chief of staff to George H. W. Bush, said. "That's one of the differences between the first Bush Administration and this Bush Administration."
Again - my point yesterday - THE ESTABLISHMENT STRIKES BACK.
I asked Colin Powell if he thought, in retrospect, that the Administration should have paid attention to Scowcroft's arguments about Iraq. Powell, who is widely believed to have been far less influential in policymaking than either Cheney or the Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, said, pointedly, "I always listen to him. He's a very analytic and thoughtful individual, he's powerful in argument, and I've never worked with a better friend and colleague."

When, in an e-mail, I asked George H.W. Bush about Scowcroft's most useful qualities as a national-security adviser, he replied that Scowcroft "was very good about making sure that we did not simply consider the 'best case,' but instead considered what it would mean if things went our way, and also if they did not."
Read the whole piece.

More later...


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