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White House Cabal


#1

Interesting article: "Colin Powell's Former Chief of Staff Col. Wilkerson on Prewar Intel, Torture and How a White House "Cabal" Hijacked U.S. Foreign Policy"

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=05/11/22/1515236


#2

You should read the actual transcript of his remarks. It's quite interesting:

http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/Wilkerson%20Speech%20--%20WEB.htm%3C/span%3E

I find his use of words a bit interesting -- usually "cabal" would involve some sort of secret group, rather than the VP and Sec Def of the USA voicing their policy views.


#3

I should note that the text of the speech that I linked above were Wilkerson's initial remarks when the "cabal" language was floated a few months back.


#4

Well, I don't know where else to put this, but it probably doesn't need it's own thread.

Anyway, we all know Powell was an anti-republican hack, right?

Ex-Powell Aide Criticizes Detainee Effort
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051129/ap_on_go_ca_st_pe/wilkerson_interview
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WASHINGTON - A top aide to former Secretary of State 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.

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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."

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Cheney's office, Rumsfeld aides and others argued "that the president of the United States is all-powerful, that as commander in chief the president of the United States can do anything he damn well pleases," Wilkerson said.

On the other side were Powell, others at the State Department and top military brass, and occasionally Condoleezza Rice, who was then national security adviser, Wilkerson said.

Powell raised frequent and loud objections, his former aide said, once yelling into a telephone at Rumsfeld: "Donald, don't you understand what you are doing to our image?"
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Cabal: A small group of persons joined in a secret, often political, intrigue...


#5

Boston, the link came up dead for me, I will try it later.

But he said the words....I think it is interesting. The neocons are hell bent on what they are doing, and it is proof that the truth will not stop them unless the American public gets a damn head on their shoulders.