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Sunday, October 23, 2005

The Establishment Strikes Back

All of these articles about Cheney and Libby and Rove and the CIA have got me thinking.

I've been saying for some time now that our only hope in the battle against the NEO-CONS is an attack from THE ESTABLISHMENT.

Meaning, "they" have to decide if they're "done" with Darths Cheney & Rumsfeld, and then "they" have to take action.

It seems like they have.

Methinks that the NEO-CONS have taken too many cookies out of the cookie jar - and exposed the system.

(It's all about transferring Big $ to Big People.)

THE ESTABLISHMENT can't have that kind of "exposure" - and they can't have "the rabble" asking questions, either.

And's time for the NEO-CONS to go.

(This is a snarky way of condensing Zinn & Chomsky. Hopefully, you understand my point.)

Evidence of this "attack"?
It's all over the mainstream media.

1. David Gergen's appearance on Lou Dobbs' show (as seen on Crooks & Liars).

2. Brent Scowcroft's "upcoming" comments in the New Yorker:

Old Bush vs. new

This article did not happen without a "wink and a nod" from the old man -- who probably wants to hit Cheney before "His Kid" gets another black eye:
WASHINGTON, Oct. 21 (UPI) -- The Bush administration is bracing for a powerful new attack by Brent Scowcroft, the respected national security ADVISER to the FIRST PRESIDENT GEORGE BUSH.

A Republican and a former Air Force general, Scowcroft is a leading member of the bipartisan foreign policy establishment, and his critique of both of the style and the substance of the Bush White House, is slated to appear in Monday's editions of the New Yorker magazine.
MEGA-Establishment, people.
The article also contains some critical comments on the handling of U.S. foreign policy by the current President Bush from his father, whose 1989-1993 presidency is hailed for deft management of the end of the Cold War, German unification, the first Gulf war and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The new attack comes hard on the heels of the denunciation of "the CABAL AROUND CHENEY'S OFFICE" by Col. Larry Wilkerson, the chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell in a widely reported speech to the New American Foundation in Washington this week. Wilkerson said the national security decision-making process was effectively "broken."
Scroll down to Thursday's blog (10/20) for more on LARRY WILKERSON.
SCOWCROFT'S CRITICISMS WILL BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY at the highest levels of the Bush administration because he is seen as a mentor by some of its senior figures, notably Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, whose political career began when she worked under Scowcroft as an adviser on Soviet affairs.

Methinks that "somebody" will go on Fox News this week -- just to call Scowcroft an old coot.

3. All of these articles in the MSM re: Cheney & Libby and Libby's role in Plame-gate.

Like this one:

Leak Case Renews Questions on War's Rationale

The fact that we're seeing the words "Question" and "War" in a NY Times article?

A miracle:
WASHINGTON, Oct. 22 - The legal and political stakes are of the highest order, but the investigation into the disclosure of a covert C.I.A. officer's identity is also just one skirmish in the continuing battle over the Bush administration's justification for the war in Iraq.

That fight has preoccupied the White House for more than three years, repeatedly threatening President Bush's credibility and political standing, and has now once again put the spotlight on Vice President Dick Cheney, who assumed a critical role in assembling and analyzing the evidence about Iraq's weapons programs.

The dispute over the rationale for the war has led to upheaval in the intelligence agencies, left Democrats divided about how aggressively to break with the White House over Iraq and exposed deep rifts within the administration and among Republicans.
The Establishment cannot have this kind of dispute over the rationale for war.

Because the dispute exposes the system - and opens the door for continued questions.


"Who wanted this war and why?"

"Are they profiting from this war?"

"If much money have they made?"
"The way in which the leak investigation is being pursued is becoming a symbol of who was right and who was wrong about the war," said Ivo H. Daalder, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who worked at the National Security Council during the Clinton administration. "The possibility of Libby being indicted, and the whole Cheney angle, is all about proving in some sense that they were wrong and therefore that those who opposed the war and never thought the intelligence was right have been proven correct."
Downing Street Memo. people.

Downing Street Memo.
"Iraq was at core a war of choice, and extraordinarily expensive by every measure - human life, impact on our military, dollars, diplomatically," said Mr. Haass, a former senior STATE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL UNDER PRESIDENT BUSH.
"If this war was widely judged to have been necessary along the lines of Afghanistan after 9/11, I don't believe you would have this controversy. If the war had gone extremely well, you wouldn't have this controversy."
When it pours.

Scroll through Brandoland for more articles on Cheney, Rove, Libby, the CIA and Plame-gate. And remember --

"If you're in the business of need war for business."


4. Finally, FRANK RICH is a must read today.

The NY Times has put his latest piece ("Karl & Scooter's Excellent Adventure") on its premium deal, but this dude posted the ENTIRE article on his blog.
There were no weapons of mass destruction.

There was no collaboration between Saddam Hussein and Al Qaeda on 9/11.

There was scant Pentagon planning for securing the peace should bad stuff happen after America invaded.


"It still isn't possible to be sure - and this remains the most remarkable thing about the Iraq war," writes the New Yorker journalist George Packer, a disenchanted liberal supporter of the invasion, in his essential new book, "The Assassins' Gate: America in Iraq."

Even a former Bush administration State Department official who was present at the war's creation, Richard Haass, tells Mr. Packer that he expects to go to his grave "not knowing the answer."

Maybe. But the leak investigation now reaching its climax in Washington continues to offer big clues.

We don't yet know whether Lewis (Scooter) Libby or Karl Rove has committed a crime, but the more we learn about their desperate efforts to take down a bit player like Joseph Wilson, the more we learn about the real secret they wanted to protect: the "why" of the war.

To piece that story together, you have to follow each man's history before the invasion of Iraq - before anyone had ever heard of Valerie Plame Wilson, let alone leaked her identity as a C.I.A. officer.
Read the whole thing.

It's a masterpiece.

More later...

Go Steelers.


  • Sounds a lot like neocon Cannibalism. Let's give them some Fava beans and a nice Chianti.

    By Blogger Carlton Noles, at 11:38 PM  

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