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Cheney 'cabal' hijacked US foreign policy

Financial Times
By Edward Alden in Washington
Published: October 20 2005 00:00 | Last updated: October 20 2005 00:19

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.

In a scathing attack on the record of President George W. Bush, Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, chief of staff to Mr Powell until last January, said: “What I saw was a cabal between the vice-president of the United States, Richard Cheney, and the secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld, on critical issues that made decisions that the bureaucracy did not know were being made.

“Now it is paying the consequences of making those decisions in secret, but far more telling to me is America is paying the consequences.


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speak up trying to save our country from this very evil Cabal. I hope and pray that Fitzgerald will be able to clean house since the Congress has been unable to do so and strongly worded truth statements from those who have seen the incompetence and criminality of the Bush Regime, esp. those in the military who speak out have my gratitude and respect.

Col. Wilkerson started out talking about the detainees and since he spend a long time on the phone, I trust he is as outraged and sickened by the mind-control human experiment torture similiar to the findings of the 1977 MK-ULTRA Senate Hearings.

A way to help these people who are imprisoned without allowing them or their attorneys to know the charges against them and who are used to train US soldiers into becoming the Bush/Cheney Gestapo:

~~I will be joining the Center for Constitutional Rights by fasting on November 1st. I urge you to demand that the Department of Defense take the following steps to bring torture, abuse and inhumane treatment to an end at Guantanamo:

1. Give the detainees a fair hearing and immediately release those who have committed no crime
2. Provide adequate food, water, shelter, medical treatment and the observance of religious practices;
3. Provide to families and legal counsel timely reports on the health status of detainees, especially those participating in the hunger strike;
4. Provide independent investigators (domestic and international ) access to all detainees.

~Fast for Justice

The cabal did not hijack U.S. foreign policy, at least not in the sense of carrying out some secret intrigue to divert it from its normal and historical path. They simply implemented their published agenda with the acquienscence of Congress (both sides) and all of the other major players involved.

Did they employ some questionable tactics and some skillful propaganda and to confound opponents and to augment support amongst the willfully ignorant? Hell, yes. But they were at least as open and explicit in their underlying beliefs, commitments and undertakings as was Adolf Hitler in his Mein Kampf manifesto -- and with many other parallels that I'll refrain from reiterating in detail.

These current hijacking accusations are largely a reflection of guilty consciences and of desertions in the face of diminished popularity of the "noble cause". The latter phenomenon, in turn, has less to do with any issues of right or wrong (either legal or moral) than it does with lack of success and with human and financial costs.

All the angst will be forgotten, and the "hijacked" geopolitical policies will be resanctified very quickly, just as soon as Americans can be persuaded by some other corporate shills that "U.S. interests" are at stake somewhere else in the world.

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