10/25/2005

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Larry Wilkerson Erases Any Doubts About Cheney-Rumsfeld Cabal in Tomorrow Morning's Los Angeles Times

I have just been tipped off that the Los Angeles Times plans to run a rip-the-veneer-off the White House cabal op-ed by Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former State Department Chief of Staff, in the morning.

I have read it...It's 998 words of honest patriotism that Americans need to hear -- and 998 tons of dynamite on the Executive Office of the President.

Here is a short teaser, but you must read the entire article in the Los Angeles Times that I will link as soon as it us up:

But many of the most crucial decisions from 2001 to 2005 were not made within the NSC process.

Scholars and knowledgeable critics of America's decision-making process may rightly say, so what? Haven't all of our presidents in the last half century failed to conform to the statutory process at one time or another? Isn't it the President's prerogative to make decisions with whomever he pleases? Moreover, can he not ignore whomever he pleases? Why should we care that President Bush gave over much of the critical decision-making to his vice president and his secretary of defense?

Both as a former academic and as a person who has been in the ring with the bull, I believe there are two reasons we should care. First, such departures from the statutory process have in the past led us into a host of disasters, including the last years of the Vietnam War, the Iran-Contra scandal, and now the ruinous foreign policy of George W. Bush.

That's not even the best part, or even the second best part.

I'll post more on this important article in the morning.

And catch the post below. Dick Cheney was Libby's source. Do you remember Bush demanding that his staff tell him who did it?

President Bush and Cheney have deceived the American public about Valerie Plame Wilson and her covert role on behalf of the national security interests of this nation -- and they did this during a time of war. Their words.

-- Steve Clemons

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