Friday, October 21, 2005

Piling on

Evidence is mounting to support my cascade failure hypothesis. Now Steve Clemons @ The Washington Note tips us off to more megaton ordnance falling on the House of Bush: Brent Scowcroft trash talks team Junior in Monday's New Yorker.
The Bush administration is bracing for a powerful new attack by Brent Scowcroft, the respected national security adviser to the first President George Bush.

A Republican and a former Air Force general, Scowcroft is a leading member of the bipartisan foreign policy establishment, and his critique of both of the style and the substance of the Bush White House, is slated to appear in Monday's editions of the New Yorker magazine.

The article also contains some critical comments on the handling of U.S. foreign policy by the current President Bush from his father, whose 1989-1993 presidency is hailed for deft management of the end of the Cold War, German unification, the first Gulf war and the collapse of the Soviet Union.

The new attack comes hard on the heels of the denunciation of "the cabal around Cheney's office" by Col. Larry Wilkerson, the chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell in a widely reported speech to the New American Foundation in Washington this week. Wilkerson said the national security decision-making process was effectively "broken."

Scowcroft's criticisms will be taken seriously at the highest levels of the Bush administration because he is seen as a mentor by some of its senior figures, notably Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, whose political career began when she worked under Scowcroft as an adviser on Soviet affairs.
Like I said (and after about 1000 posts I am entitled to quote myself now and again), "Silence is not bought from the living; it is merely rented." Team asshat isn't getting away with kiting rent checks any more.

Worth a "heh" AND an "indeed."


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