TWN: Lawrence Wilkerson Blasts "The White House Cabal" in Los Angeles Times

With revelations now out that Vice President Cheney was Scooter Libby's source for some of the Valerie Plame information, his week -- which was already going to be bad -- just got a heck of a lot worse.

Former State Department Chief of Staff Lawrence Wilkerson just intensified the pressure on Cheney today with his pull-no-punches Los Angeles Times op-ed, "The White House Cabal"

An excerpt:

In President Bush's first term, some of the most important decisions about U.S. national security -- including vital decisions about postwar Iraq -- were made by a secretive, little-known cabal. It was made up of a very small group of people led by Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

Wilkerson also slips us nuances about the insider role that Colin Powell played -- in graphic language. The importance of these views beyond their rationality and logic, particularly about the way the Bush administration has "flummoxed" the 1947 National Security Act, is that they are also the best bellweather of what Colin Powell and Richard Armitage thought about Rumsfeld, Cheney, Rice and Bush.

It's a disaster. Given the choice, I'd choose a frustrating bureaucracy over an efficient cabal every time.

That's right, Lawrence Wilkerson states that Colin Powell went over to the White House to clean up "dog poop" at the White House and to try and fix all those things Condoleezza Rice had gotten wrong.

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