ARC's 1st Law: As a "progressive" online discussion grows longer, the probability of a nefarious reference to Karl Rove approaches one

Friday, October 21, 2005

Hijacking of Foreign Policy

The DUers are all atwitter over this article...

Cheney 'cabal' hijacked foreign policy
By Edward Alden in Washington
Published: October 20 2005

Vice-President Dick Cheney and a handful of others had hijacked the government's foreign policy apparatus, deciding in secret to carry out policies that had left the US weaker and more isolated in the world, the top aide to former Secretary of State Colin Powell claimed on Wednesday.

Now, as part of the Rovian Cabal, I can speak directly to this assertion...

First thing that is wrong is that it's "Cheney's" cabal... it's not. It's Rove's cabal damnit!

Second, since when did the implementation of the President & Vice President's foreign policy goals start being viewed as the hijacking of US foreigh policy?

Were Reagan's "Tear Down This Wall" and "Evil Empire" speeches considered to be a hijacking of US foreign policy? (Based on my understanding of history, they clearly were regarded in that way.) Was an accurate characterization? No.

This clearly demonstrates that this idiot is simply a establishment Washingtonian who is appalled that we're turning our backs on our great history of realpolitik. I mean, all those years of coddling dictators like Saddam, Mubarak, Arafat, and Assad. If only BushCo took the advice of the enlightened elite, everything would be peachy! Well, 9/11 proved that our past acts come with a price - and we were unwilling to ever pay such a price again.

As we've pointed out, Colin Powell's State Dept was the root of many of the problems involving the Iraq war, from the idiot former Ambassador who lies in a NYTimes Op-Ed about the findings of his trip to the inability to convince the Turks to let the 4th ID into northern Iraq, leaving Saddam's Sunni Triangle untouched until AFTER Baghdad fell.

In addition, it was the State Dept's ineffective Visa Express program which allowed Saudi's (including some of the 9/11 hijackers) to travel freely between Saudi Arabia and the US, without the normal scrutiny afforded to citizens from other countries. They essentially obtained a visa from their local travel agent - not from a US embassy or consulate.

What a great idea!

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler