Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Ex-Powell Aide Criticizes Bush on Iraq

Wilkerson had some "affirming" things to say about this administration... I say 'affirming' because its paints the same picture of the administration that many other former insiders have:

WASHINGTON - Former Secretary of State Colin Powell's chief of staff says President Bush was "too aloof, too distant from the details" of post-war planning, allowing underlings to exploit Bush's detachment and make bad decisions.

In an Associated Press interview Monday, former Powell chief of staff Lawrence Wilkerson also said that wrongheaded ideas for the handling of foreign detainees after Sept. 11 arose from a coterie of White House and Pentagon aides who argued that "the president of the United States is all-powerful," and that the Geneva Conventions were irrelevant.

Wilkerson blamed Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and like-minded aides. Wilkerson said that 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 picture this paints is one of an incompetent, hands-off president who has given the government over to a bunch of ideologues from the PNAC.

Those who voted for Bush (the first time around) must have known there were voting for a business failure and idiot who's resume features such successes as 3 failed oil businesses and using his connections to buy a baseball team.... But I don't think they realized they were really putting all the Kristol-type nuts in charge...

I still can't figure out why anyone voted for him a couple years ago... Even Nader couldn't do as much damage as this guy has...


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