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My response to Liz Cheney's WaPo OpEd

I posted her Op-Ed here.

My response –

I appreciate that Ms. Cheney is a diplomat of some standing in the diplomatic community. Unfortunately, her arguments prove that she does not understand the conflict. It is nice to say, “we must win.” Please, provide me a strategy for winning. Increasing troop strength is a tactic. The strategy, which has failed for the last three years, remains the same.

If President Bush and his administration was truly serious about winning this war then he would have performed everything differently. As soon as the violence broke out in Baghdad, with the lawlessness and looting, the president would have met with his Joint Chiefs of Staff and the secretary defense and any other military expert he could find to figure out why our strategy, so early in the war, was failing.  We weren’t being greeted at liberators.  Why?  The President would have asked why, if he was serious.

If our president was serious about winning the war, he would’ve listened to General Colin Powell who successfully conducted the first Gulf War. General Powell clearly understands the region and its complexities. But our president never sought out General Powell, instead, General Powell had to seek him out. General Powell offered diplomacy.  This was rejected by the President.  General Powell promised if we break it (Iraq) we will own it. President Bush did not heed General Powell’s warnings.  Over $350 billion later, we are well on our way of buying it. (more…)

By |2007-01-23T17:13:23-04:00January 23rd, 2007|Iraq, Military|Comments Off on My response to Liz Cheney's WaPo OpEd

Vice President Dick Cheney's revelation

Last week, besides shooting Mr. Whittington in the face, there were two other major news stories which surrounded Vice President Cheney. First, was the revelation that Scooter Libby testified under oath that a superior instructed him to release classified information. If one looks at the government structure. There are only a few people who are superior to Mr. Libby. The vice president, the president, Andy Card, the Chief of Staff, Condoleezza Rice who was the president’s national security adviser and possibly Donald Rumsfeld. That’s about it.

During the Britt Hume interview, Vice President Cheney was asked about releasing classified information. Vice president Cheney stated that he had the authority (thru the President) to classify or declassify anything that he saw fit to declassify. Only the president had the authority to change his decision. This was an amazing revelation. So, any document that was classified by the CIA, the FBI or the State Department could be declassified by Vice President Cheney unilaterally without consultation with anyone else.

So how is this in the best interest of the United States?

By |2006-02-24T19:03:12-04:00February 24th, 2006|Other Political Thoughts, Security|Comments Off on Vice President Dick Cheney's revelation
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