Monday, June 14, 2004

The national security state strikes back against Bush -- hard.
More than two dozen members of the military and diplomatic elites from both US political parties are uniting to launch an assault on the Bush administration's conduct of foreign policy, claiming in a letter to be published this week that it has isolated the nation.

The 26-member group, known as Diplomats and Military Commanders for Change, includes several people appointed to important positions by Republican presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. Among them are former US ambassadors to Saudi Arabia and the Soviet Union and a former chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, as well as retired Marine General Joseph P. Hoar, who commanded US forces in the Middle East under former President Bush.

Their letter, to be published on Wednesday, represents an unusually broad attack on a president in an election year from the ranks of the career diplomats inside the Washington beltway.

It is likely to deepen doubts reflected in recent polls that the nation, under the leadership of President George W. Bush, is on the wrong course.
What makes this different from the April protest letter to Bush signed by 50 retired foreign service officers is that this time the signatories include military brass. The Republican Party and the American public don't much care about the bitching of a few dozen career bureaucrats, but they will stand to attention when generals and Republican political appointees lay it on.

While the General has no love lost for the national security state, analytically I thought it was always the height of stupidity for Bush and right-wing nutjobs like Dennis Hastert to take it on in such a brazen fashion. The CIA leaks like a sieve, militarist senators are conducting hearings, retired generals publish hostile letters . . . what next? Barney, the Boy King's Scottish terrier, writes a tell-all book?


At 6:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"While the General has no love lost for the national security state,..."

I never thought I'd see the day I would root for the CIA as the good guys, either. *sigh*

More drugs, please.


At 9:22 PM, Blogger Gen. Glut said...

Now wait a minute, I never said "good guys" . . .


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