Thursday :: Dec 30, 2004

Neocons Firmly in Charge

by soccerdad

The last of the foreign policy realists has been purged. According to Sidney Blumenthal Brent Scowcroft has unceremoniously and without public acknowledgement [been] chairman of the foreign intelligence advisory board. Scowcroft was Bush I's National Security Advisor and also one of the the elder Bush's closest associate and friend. Thus there are no more realists left in the Bush administartion to counter the neocon ideology. But Bush II as we all know can't deal with or tolerate opposing ideas.

In addition Blumenthal notes

At the same time the vice president, Dick Cheney, has imposed his authority over secretary of state designate Condoleezza Rice, in order to blackball Arnold Kanter, former under secretary of state to James Baker and partner in the Scowcroft Group, as a candidate for deputy secretary of state.

Another tidbit to add to the Bush's inner struggle with his father's shadow.

Bush has long resented his father's alter ego. Scowcroft privately rebuked him for his Iraq follies more than a year ago - an incident that has not previously been reported. Bush "did not receive it well", said a friend of Scowcroft.

Blumenthal concludes that:
Republican elders who warned of endless war are purged. Those who advised Bush that Saddam was building nuclear weapons, that with a light military force the operation would be a "cakewalk", and that capturing Baghdad was "mission accomplished", are rewarded.

Combine this with the complete politicization of the CIA and there is no telling where this ideologically driven group of neocrazies will take us or how much damage they will do to the country.

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