Those great American patriots, Colin Powell and his former chief of staff, Lawrence Wilkerson, are back in the news again. This time their topic is the arrogance and ineptitude of the Bush administration, two serious character flaws that not surprisingly have brought us to where we are today, ass deep in an immoral war with little hope of an easy extrication.
Both man’s candor is refreshing as it is perhaps the most honest look at the decision making process of this the worst administration in recent American history.
Joining them in analyzing Dubya and Dickie’s flaws is columnist and former Clinton insider, Sidney Blumenthal. Sidney writes for SALON.com and it is there that that this posting originated.
But first lets let the retired military men have their say.
(AP) Colin Powell said Monday that wrongheaded ideas for the handling of foreign detainees arose from White House and Pentagon officials who argued that “the president of the United States is all-powerful” and the Geneva Conventions irrelevant.”
In an Associated Press interview, former Powell chief of staff Lawrence Wilkerson also said
President Bush was “too aloof, too distant from the details” of postwar planning. Underlings exploited Bush’s detachment and made poor decisions, Wilkerson said.
Wilkerson blamed Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and like-minded aides. He said Cheney must have sincerely believed that Iraq could be a spawning ground for new terror assaults, because “otherwise I have to declare him a moron, an idiot or a nefarious bastard.”
THE LONG MARCH OF DICK CHENEY
By Sidney Blumenthal - Salon.com
For his entire career, he sought untrammeled power. The Bush presidency and 9/11 finally gave it to him - and he’s not about to give it up.
The hallmark of the Dick Cheney administration is its illegitimacy. Its essential method is bypassing established lines of authority; its goal is the concentration of unaccountable presidential power. When it matters, the regular operations of the CIA, Defense Department and State Department have been sidelined.