Wednesday :: Jul 26, 2006

Condoleeza's Angry Long-knife Band

by pessimist
I saw FAUX Newz today oh boy
Israeli Army is to win the war
A crowd of con-men stood and cheered
They'd seen this 'news' before

I read FAUX Newz today oh boy
Four thousand dead in Beirut, Lebanon
And though the bombs were rather small
They had to drop them all
Now they know how many bombs it takes to kill them one and all
Bush loves to turn war on ...

Many incidents have been recorded in history where a group of people has gotten isolated and runs out of sustenance. At that point, the strong consume the weak, hoping to buy time for rescue and survival.

One of our readers commented this morning that such a situation may be developing in the White House - involving George's work wife:

[B]ehind the scenes is a battle for Bush’s ear. Many neoconservatives are now calling for Bush to demote Condi Rice as they feel she has botched the Middle East situation…

There is something to this:

Security Council: Championing Consensus in Diplo-World
by Nicholas M. Guariglia

... President Bush himself wonders out loud if “Dead or alive” and “Bring ‘em on” were too antagonistic, attempting to assuage European grievances with his Texan twang. Mr. Bush, with approval ratings dipping to Trumanesque lows, now speaks more of patience, multilateral talks, diplomacy, and global consensus than he does of preemption, a right to act alone, and doing “whatever it takes.”

Rumsfeld, once a primetime media darling and lighting rod of criticism, having survived yet another round of calls for his resignation, is completely nonexistent, apparently taking cues from Cheney’s frequent periods of absence during the first term.

Their braggadocio is replaced by Condi Rice, whose sub-par vocal support for an Israel at war –– “Restrain,” “Constraint,” etc. –– and Iranian resistance movements, renders her more of an elementary school principal lecturing delinquents, applying moral equivalence to bully and victim alike, than the leading U.S. diplomat.

Being chummy-chummy hasn’t translated into fewer problems.

So much for sucking up to Der Pretzeldunce!

Even neo-confidence men can't ignore blatant incompetence forever (If only they would apply these same hostile standards to the Top Gun - and his boss!):

Condi's witless optimism about the Middle East
By Fred Kaplan
July 24, 2006

At her press conference on Friday, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice revealed — far more articulately, if unwittingly, than any other official has in some time — just what is so dangerous about President George W. Bush's foreign policy.

Asked why she hadn't flown to the region earlier or engaged in "shuttle diplomacy," as some had suggested, Rice replied, "I could have gotten on a plane and rushed over and started shuttling, and it wouldn't have been clear what I was shuttling to do. … I have no interest in diplomacy for the sake of returning Lebanon and Israel to the status quo ante. I think that would be a mistake."

This is the troubling thing. Rice and President Bush refused to engage in diplomacy sooner, refused to impose a cease-fire (which Bush certainly could have imposed, had he wanted), because that would have meant "going back to the old Middle East" —restoring "the status quo ante" — while they're in the business of "pushing forward to the new Middle East."

If there is a new Middle East on the horizon,
it's more likely to bear crescent arcs and hidden imams.
It's not a creation that any Western diplomat should be "pushing forward." Its potential emergence provides still more reason to contain all violent outbursts as quickly as possible, not to let them run their course.
How many souls over the decades have sallied forth into the desert,
beaming with bright eyes and blueprints for a "new Middle East,"
only to bog down in the dunes, blistered by sunstroke and bitten by scorpions?

All over the world, the foreign media has read Richard Perle's Can-Condi screed published last Sunday in WaPo:

US hawks now take on Condi
by ÜMİT ENGİNSOY, Turkish Daily News
July 2, 2006

Richard Perle, a former Pentagon official and a legendary neoconservative figure, on behalf of many of his fellow hawks, blasts Rice, now secretary of state, for appeasing Iran and misleading the president on the nuclear standoff with the Islamic Republic.

Perle's landmark article that appeared in The Washington Post last Sunday read, Why Did Bush Blink on Iran? (Ask Condi).

The bottom line of Perle's criticism is that Rice exerts too much influence over the president, to the benefit of the Iranian regime. Perle warned the president that he fails to recognize the perils of the course he has been persuaded to take, by Condi.

The usual cabal of unindicted co-conspirators chimes in as well:

Dump Condi
Foreign policy conservatives charge State Dept. has hijacked Bush agenda

Conservative national security allies of President Bush are in revolt against Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, saying that she is incompetent and has reversed the administration’s national security and foreign policy agenda.
"Condi was sent to rein in the State Department,"
a senior Republican congressional staffer said.
"Instead, she was reined in."
"She is just incompetent on most foreign policy issues."
"We are sending signals today that no matter how much you provoke us, no matter how viciously you describe things in public, no matter how many things you're doing with missiles and nuclear weapons, the most you'll get out of us is talk," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said. "You say there will be consequences. There are none."

"Rice attempted to increase pressure on Israel to stand down and to demonstrate restraint," said Stephen Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation.

"The rumor is that she was told flatly by the [Israeli] prime minister's office to back off."
The criticism of Miss Rice has been intense and comes from a range of Republican loyalists, including current and former aides in the Defense Department and the office of Vice President Dick Cheney. A leading public critic of Miss Rice has been Richard Perle, a former chairman of the Pentagon's Defense Policy Board and regarded as close to Mr. Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Mr. Perle... has accused Miss Rice of succumbing to a long-time State Department agenda of meaningless agreements meant to appease enemies of the United States. Mr. Perle's article was said to have reflected the views of many of Mr. Bush's appointees in the White House, Defense Department and State Department. Mr. Perle maintains close contacts to U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, Undersecretary of State for Arms Control Robert Joseph, Deputy National Security Advisor Elliot Abrams and Mr. Cheney's national security adviser, John Hannah.

Several of the critics have urged
that Mr. Bush provide a high-profile post to James Baker,
who was secretary of state under the administration of Mr. Bush's father.
The critics within the administration expect a backlash against Miss Rice that could lead to her transfer in wake of the congressional elections in 2006. They said by that time even Mr. Bush will recognize the failure of relying solely on diplomacy in the face of Iran's nuclear weapons program.

"At that point, Rice will be openly blamed and Bush will have a very hard time defending her," said a GOP source with close ties to the administration.

I wouldn't be so sure:

by not sam
April 22, 2006

After the President, following his own policy, will have to fire her for this:
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice leaked national defense information to a pro-Israel lobbyist in the same manner that landed a lower-level Pentagon official a 12-year prison sentence, the lobbyist's lawyer said Friday. The allegations against Rice came as a federal judge granted a defense request to issue subpoenas sought by the defense for Rice and three other government officials in the trial of Steven Rosen and Keith Weissman. The two are former lobbyists with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee who are charged with receiving and disclosing national defense information.

Nothing seems to have come from this, but one does have to ask just what secret information Condi revealed? Was it relevant to the current Israeli attack on Lebanon? One wonders!

But only one columnist that I can find - and his politics are clearly conservative if one reads the original article from which these excerpts are taken - understands the most important point that the neo-confidence hit men choose to ignore:

The responsibility for all of the errors and mistakes belongs to the guy at the top

Missiles are flying; Rumsfield, Rice have to go
By Gabe Caggiano

The Montgomery County Sentinel, published weekly by Montgomery Sentinel Publishing, Inc., is a community newspaper covering Montgomery County, Maryland and The Prince George's Sentinel, published weekly by Berlyn Inc., is a community newspaper covering Prince George's County, Maryland.

Israel - and American by extension - are facing a huge crisis, with Israel and Hezbollah going at it like they haven't in years. Diplomatic experts from both sides of the political aisle are stunned and furious that the Bush administration has been so ineffective and essentially confused as to what to do next.

* John Bolton at the U.N. said Wednesday, "If anyone knows how you get a terrorist organization to agree to a cease-fire, we'd like to hear it." Hey, that's your job, Mr. United States' Ambassador to the United Nations.

* Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright cannot understand why a U.S. diplomatic envoy didn't head to the Middle East immediately when the fighting began.

* Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is disgusted with the erratic and bumbling manner in which Condoleezza Rice has responded to North Korea. Gingrich recently said, "Is the next step for Condi to go dancing with Kim Jong?" Ouch.

The problem is that war is breaking out on multiple fronts, and the U.S. is one step behind it all. If this country is to survive and not be dragged into another war, Condoleezza Rice and Donald Rumsfeld must resign. They are woefully in over their heads, and the bad people of the world smell it.

That smell is the aroma of fear - and this article implies that one major source of this odor is the First Coward himself:

President Bush showed no trepidation when he invaded Iraq, presumably because he listened to Dick Cheney and thought it would be a cake walk. When you watch the video of Bush landing on that carrier in a flight suit, it makes you cringe with disgust, not swell with pride. For all of President Bush's talk about a proactive foreign policy to stop terrorism and other aggressive acts of war before they threaten world peace, Bush has not followed through in containing our enemies. He's actually emboldened them.
What is unnervingly apparent
is that President Bush and his people do a good job
when there are no problems.
Let that sink in for a minute. [W]hen there is a Katrina disaster, an enemy missile launch, a stubborn insurgency, a rogue nation intent on getting nuclear weapons, or fighting in Lebanon, Bush has only one idea: veto a bill allowing stem-cell research.

But never fear! George's defense squad will see to it that he's protected - and maybe THE Donald as well - by distracting the wolves with a sacrificial scapegoat - Condi.

We're Condoleeza's Angry Long-knife Band
We'll try to kill her nice and slow
Condoleeza's Angry Long-knife Band
We're sorry but it's time you go.
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Condoleeza's Angry Long-knife Band
We'd like to shank you once again
Condoleeza's one and only Angry Long-knife Band
It's getting very near her end
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