Major Change Coming in Administration Middle East Policy

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After November 7th, when it is appearing more and more likely that the Dems will take the House of Representatives, George W. Bush loses one of his (until now) free hands to do what he pleases. The House will be sure to slow, redirect, and condition funding for the Iraq War and other missions in the Middle East. The House is also likely to begin using its power to call hearings, conduct investigations, and subpoena appearances of government officials under oath.
Many Republicans, particularly Senator John Warner of Virginia, see this coming and have signalled to the President that the course has to change in Iraq — that the pursuit of “victory” is now folly.
The vehicle many see that gives the White House some cover in changing direction is an Iraq Study Group co-chaired by James Baker III and Lee Hamilton. The work of the group has been profiled prominently by Robert Dreyfuss in the Washington Monthly so best to get the quick picture by reading his piece.
A consensus among the DC senior journalist crowd is that Baker’s report will suggest a comprehensive strategy that requires deal-making both within and around Iraq. Baker-Hamilton won’t criticize how we got where we are but they will probably argue that America’s position will continue to deteriorate until we establish a new equilibrium of interests in the region — and that requires deal-making that moves the Israel-Palestine standoff forward; that involves curbing Pakistan’s efforts to undermine the Karzai government in Afghanistan; that may involve a “Libya-like” get out of the dog house opportunity for Syria; and even some collaboration with Iran regarding Iraqi and Afghanistan stabilization.
These points are all speculative, but they are part of the roster of topics many senior foreign policy hands think may be in the Baker-Hamilton report.
I spoke with someone close to Senator John Warner last night who confirmed that the Senator has not been misunderstood by the media. He is determined to compel the White House to change course in Iraq if the Oval Office doesn’t do it on its own.
The problem with the Baker-Hamilton Report is that it doesn’t solve the internal policy management and implementation problems inside the White House. Baker becomes just another voice of other contending voices — and even if elevated to be the President’s Special Envoy for the Middle East, it’s not clear that the deep dysfunction that exists now and which paralyzes the inter-agency process will be fixed.
Cheney’s team must be neutralized and set to the side of the policy process — clearly demoted and moved out of the way for any Baker type plan to succeed in shaping an alternative direction.
Many see Rumsfeld’s days now being really, really, really numbered — and that he’ll be gone soon. But that is not enough.
Cheney controls the interagency process through his minions. They need to be identified, demoted, moved to desks with good views of the garden, and kept away from this next round of policy work, coordination, and implementation.
Cheney remains the key road block for a Baker plan to have any chance of succceeding.
– Steve Clemons

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33 comments on “Major Change Coming in Administration Middle East Policy

  1. Jake Emerson says:

    Baker is not a good man. He may look like he’s coming in to help, but that’s like asking Dr. Kervorkian to help you get over the flu.
    Let’s make sure there’s a mighty mighty opposition. Vote the republicans out. Send ‘em home. Mail ‘em some spite:
    http://www.nakedholidaycards.com

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  2. Pissed Off American says:

    Well, we now know what this “change” was. Bush has forbidden the use of the phrase “stay the course”. Apparently, nothing else will change. Welcome to Bushworld.

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  3. Pissed Off American says:

    Jean Harris, thanks for the link. God, is that guy REALLY our President???

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  4. David says:

    So Bush has a “secret plan” to get us out of the mess he created, without admitting he created it.
    Are you kidding? Are we the people going to let yet another lying Republican (sorry for the redundancy) get away with duping us again?
    Bush cannot have any respect for either his father, or his father’s advisers. All of these people said that Bush pere had good reason not to go to Baghdad and depose Saddam in 92, which was that we would dissintegrate the fragile unity of a country created by colonial powers, and that would, because of the Kurds, alienate Turkey. It would also give Iran an opportunity to exploit the Shiite population to destabilize the country and either take over oil fields or take them out of production, thus removing a major source of oil and making Iranian oil more valuable.
    Bush would have known all this had he paid any attention to anyone responsible before the invasion. I remember hearing Bush say before the invasion that we would remain in Iraq “until the country is secure.” I knew then, four years ago, that this was a formula for permanent occupation, because attacks on a foreign occupying force would happen.
    The Review Panel report is like everything else out of this White House, political cover and distraction while they continue to do whatever they want, which is mainly protecting the criminal profits of their corporate sponsors.
    Unless the report says that the invasion was wrong, the occupation has been a disaster, and the outcome has already become a civil war, a terrorist breeding ground, a hotbed of chaos, and the worst failure of any president in history, it will be meaningless.
    And in the meantime, last night’s “60 Minutes” reveals that the RNC has taken over CBS, in addition to Fox, CNN, and NBC. We are doomed.

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  5. Kathleen says:

    Jean Harris,
    Thanxoxoxoxox

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  6. Jean Harris says:

    “there was a great photograph of Bush… Here is the asshole Bush, losing his footing while getting out of a large SUV, with this ridiculous retarded look on his face, while this the bull dyke SS gal holds the door open for him. If anyone can find the photo online, I’d appreciate the link being posted here.”
    Posted by: Pissed Off American at October 21, 2006 11:03 AM
    Here ya go!
    http://derenegade.blogspot.com/2006/10/restoring-dignitude-to-white-house.html

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  7. Pissed Off American says:

    “If Busholini is not ever going to leave Iraq while he’s the Deciderator, even if it’s only Laura and his dog standing with him, I’d say it’s time to get the Bush brats some combat boots, and that dyke Cheney daughter too. I’ll bet she can kick some ass.”
    Posted by Kathleen
    Speaking of dykes, there was a great photograph of Bush being protected by one on page A12 of the Los Angeles Times yesterday, (10/20). It is one of the most amazing pictures to date. Here is the asshole Bush, losing his footing while getting out of a large SUV, with this ridiculous retarded look on his face, while this the bull dyke SS gal holds the door open for him. If anyone can find the photo online, I’d appreciate the link being posted here. I couldn’t find it. It perfectly illustrates what a fucking buffoon we have as a President. They can’t marry in Bushworld, but they can die in defense of the bastard’s lying treasonous AWOL ass. This photo says all we have to know about our Presidential clown. He is a ridiculous figurehead for a cabal of fanatics in the highest levels of our government, and very likely the governmnt of Israel as well.

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  8. Kathleen says:

    Darth Cheney is exactly right when he says things in Iraq are going remarkably well. They are for the oil companies poised to commandeer Iraq’s oil.
    I don’t believe there is any real dispute between Darth and Baker. They both make money from the same foreign ventures.
    Baker’s plan reportedly calls for one alternative, a coup d’etat in Iraq, deposing the “elected” gov’t and installing a new dictator. Having Baker do it instead of Darth is just a silly “GOOD COP, BAD COP” game, to make it look like something new, but I’ll bet my last penny it ends up being Chalabi, the man they wanted initially. Too bad all those purple fingers were attached to brains that actually believed voting was going to make the Yankees go home. They never had an exit strategy because they are never going to leave. The better to guard the oil fields, my dears.
    When the Maliki gov’t presented a peace plan that called for a Sunni cease fire and the withdrawal of US Troops within two years, what was the reason for not accepting that plan? Wasn’t that the Iraqi’s standing up?
    If Busholini is not ever going to leave Iraq while he’s the Deciderator, even if it’s only Laura and his dog standing with him, I’d say it’s time to get the Bush brats some combat boots, and that dyke Cheney daughter too. I’ll bet she can kick some ass.

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  9. Frank says:

    “so, frank, on november 8th, when you’re proven wrong, will you come back here and admit it?”
    Posted by winnipeger at October 21, 2006 01:21 AM
    Unlike our glorious leaders of this country, not yes, but hell yes! I hope I am wrong. My snapses tickling those neurons just keep on extrapolating what currently “is”, to what probably “will be”. Conceit makes me put on stage the choreography of those “dancing” snapses that thinks it senses “what is”, to what “will be”. If it is a failed performance, I will take a grateful bow to those “boos”, now warming up in the bosoms of the readers of this blog like yourself.

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  10. liz says:

    This country cannot tolerate all of this continuous division. A house divided falls…. so who is aiding and abetting the enemy again????

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  11. bob h says:

    Many see Rumsfeld’s days now being really, really…
    The problem with this is that there is no one insane enough to take this job presiding over one of the most humiliating failures in American history. Or maybe Dan Coates is dumb enough.

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  12. winnipeger says:

    so, frank, on november 8th, when you’re proven wrong, will you come back here and admit it?

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  13. Frank says:

    Israel’s attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities before election day trumps all this mental musturbation re the Baker/Hamilton report recommendations. This is the October/November surprise, a gift to Bush from Israel, for looking the other way while Israel trashed Lebanon and Gaza and expanded its settlements in the West Bank, contrary to Bush’s phantom “road map for peace initiative”.
    Israel never had a more sympathetic congress than it sees now before election day. It sees a president in shock, and “unaccepting” as to what is happening in Iraq. Changing the subject is what Bush sorely needs and wants before election day. Iran’s uranium enriching bellicosity is at a peak. The recently announced sale of enriched uranium at bargain prices proposed by Iran is just too provocative a WMD proliferation nose thumbing act at the UN security council to pass up without a “suitable” response. Sympathy for the attack will never be at a more propitious level. The attack announces the dawn of the “new reality” in the ME the neocons boasted about on the eve of the Iraq fiasco.
    The recently sailed fleet task force to the ME will be in a timely position for the “changing of the subject” fireworks. Then Bush’s ringing cry of “rally round the flag boys” will be the new theme on the political scene. As if we had a choice, the only remaining and cynical question is which flag,…… ours or Israel’s

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  14. DonS says:

    “America’s position will continue to deteriorate until we establish a new equilibrium of interests in the region.” Without trying to be snarky, this is perhaps poorly stated and not meant sound as hubristic as it does.

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  15. Marky says:

    When Karla Faye Tucker’s supporters wanted Bush to commute her death sentence because she had turned to Christ, Bush privately and viciously mocked her.
    I have equal contempt for those who parrot the notion that Bush is not responsible for the war, that Cheney is the impediment to Bush realizing his greatness.
    For one thing, Bush hasn’t even pretended to change his mind. At least Karla Faye gave deception a good college try.
    Hell, Kim Jong Il has apologized for the nuclear test. My God, he’s more of a man than Bush, more of a realist too. Bush should at least pretend to want to remove troops from Iraq, but while he does pay lip service to the notion, he can’t stop himself from adding that we won’t leave Iraq on his watch, grimly pouting like a 4 year old who says he will never eat vegetables.
    Except in Bush’s case, no one will make him do what’s good for him or the country—EVER.

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  16. Gary Sugar says:

    “Cheney remains the key road block for a Baker plan to have any chance of succceeding.”
    Heh, the key road block is that no plan has any chance of succeeding. A million American troops in Iraq for ten or twenty years might have a chance of succeeding.

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  17. Marky says:

    What next? Promises that Henry Kissinger’s wisdom will help Bush right the ship of Iraq policy?
    Hell, you want someone with a track record that can stabilize Iraq? Get Saddam.
    He has less blood on his hands than Kissinger, for starters.

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  18. Pissed Off American says:

    Well Steve, I’m kind of chucklin’ here. Can you feel the anger building? Do you detect the change in tone of the reader’s responses to your cowtowing to our corrupt and treasonous power structure in Washington? The fence you straddle has rotten posts, Steve, and if you don’t want to be thrown to the ground you should probably decide which side you are going to jump to. I used to think your gut told you right from wrong, that you were still redeemable. I am not so sure now, I am no longer convinced you can resist the tittilation of participating in the exercise of power, even if that power is evil and corrupt. These people you rub elbows with have already crossed the line and despoiled all we stand for. And it is just beginning. Thier kind of lust for power is not easily stilled. What is to come from these people is unspeakable. Some of us see it. You don’t.
    Wise up Steve, you are dancing with the devil.

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  19. John Powers says:

    “Cheney remains the key road block for a Baker plan to have any chance of succeeding.”
    “The Decider” himself is “the key road block.” Punchy’s got it right questioning just how Warner expects to force a policy change? The “Decider” is in control and there’s no evidence that Warner has qualms about that.
    The Iraq Study Group appears useful cover for an Administration which “creates their own reality.” Placing much stock in the ISG is wishful thinking and a distraction.
    You have spoken so glowingly about Senator McCain over the years. McCain is staying the course with the president’s policies in Iraq.
    Republicans set up the government as the enemy. Our “Decider” has taken this bit of propaganda seriously and has been diabolical and ruthless in his attacks. The Constitution he promised to defend has been grievously eroded with Senator Warner’s complicity; Warner’s smiling face and applauding hands at the presidential signing, an event McCain even avoided.
    Warner and McCain are applauding the president. They are still fighting hard to destroy the enemy: “government,” our system of government in the United States of America. They know where this bus is headed: an unrestrained Commander in Chief; they’ll ride along wherever the “Decider” takes them.
    Why do you, Mr. Clemons, continue to place your faith in them? Is the American experiment in government your enemy too?

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  20. John Powers says:

    “Cheney remains the key road block for a Baker plan to have any chance of succeeding.”
    “The Decider” himself is “the key road block.” Punchy’s got it right questioning just how Warner expects to force a policy change? The “Decider” is in control and there’s no evidence that Warner has qualms about that.
    The Iraq Study Group appears useful cover for an Administration which “creates their own reality.” Placing much stock in the ISG is wishful thinking and a distraction.
    You have spoken so glowingly about Senator McCain over the years. McCain is staying the course with the president’s policies in Iraq.
    Republicans set up the government as the enemy. Our “Decider” has taken this bit of propaganda seriously and has been diabolical and ruthless in his attacks. The Constitution he promised to defend has been grievously eroded with Senator Warner’s complicity; Warner’s smiling face and applauding hands at the presidential signing, an event McCain even avoided.
    Warner and McCain are applauding the president. They are still fighting hard to destroy the enemy: “government,” our system of government in the United States of America. They know where this bus is headed: an unrestrained Commander in Chief; they’ll ride along wherever the “Decider” takes them.
    Why do you, Mr. Clemons, continue to place your faith in them? Is the American experiment in government your enemy too?

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  21. John Powers says:

    “Cheney remains the key road block for a Baker plan to have any chance of succeeding.”
    “The Decider” himself is “the key road block.” Punchy’s got it right questioning just how Warner expects to force a policy change? The “Decider” is in control and there’s no evidence that Warner has qualms about that.
    The Iraq Study Group appears useful cover for an Administration which “creates their own reality.” Placing much stock in the ISG is wishful thinking and a distraction.
    You have spoken so glowingly about Senator McCain over the years. McCain is staying the course with the president’s policies in Iraq.
    Republicans set up the government as the enemy. Our “Decider” has taken this bit of propaganda seriously and has been diabolical and ruthless in his attacks. The Constitution he promised to defend has been grievously eroded with Senator Warner’s complicity; Warner’s smiling face and applauding hands at the presidential signing, an event McCain even avoided.
    Warner and McCain are applauding the president. They are still fighting hard to destroy the enemy: “government,” our system of government in the United States of America. They know where this bus is headed: an unrestrained Commander in Chief; they’ll ride along wherever the “Decider” takes them.
    Why do you, Mr. Clemons, continue to place your faith in them? Is the American experiment in government your enemy too?

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  22. John Powers says:

    “Cheney remains the key road block for a Baker plan to have any chance of succeeding.”
    “The Decider” himself is “the key road block.” Punchy’s got it right questioning just how Warner expects to force a policy change? The “Decider” is in control and there’s no evidence that Warner has qualms about that.
    The Iraq Study Group appears useful cover for an Administration which “creates their own reality.” Placing much stock in the ISG is wishful thinking and a distraction.
    You have spoken so glowingly about Senator McCain over the years. McCain is staying the course with the president’s policies in Iraq.
    Republicans set up the government as the enemy. Our “Decider” has taken this bit of propaganda seriously and has been diabolical and ruthless in his attacks. The Constitution he promised to defend has been grievously eroded with Senator Warner’s complicity; Warner’s smiling face and applauding hands at the presidential signing, an event McCain even avoided.
    Warner and McCain are applauding the president. They are still fighting hard to destroy the enemy: “government,” our system of government in the United States of America. They know where this bus is headed: an unrestrained Commander in Chief; they’ll ride along wherever the “Decider” takes them.
    Why do you, Mr. Clemons, continue to place your faith in them? Is the American experiment in government your enemy too?

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  23. Jake - but not the one says:

    Cheney is crack for Bush. GW can’t let go of Cheny’s hand now. Cheney keeps telling him things will be ok, that history will vindicate his decisions, that before he is dead he will be hailed as the Great Protector (or something equally grand, glorious, and not too specific).
    I don’t know if Rumsfeld will go, but I am confident that Cheney will remain the real power behind the throne.
    Our only real hope is that this crew of pirates leaves when told. I don’t think it’s so much as even money, but the probability they will NOT leave is NOT zero.
    Jake

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  24. Carroll says:

    “Cheney controls the interagency process through his minions.
    They need to be identified, demoted, moved to desks with good views of the garden, and kept away from this next round of policy work, coordination, and implementation”
    >>>>>>
    Not good enough. We need a VP heart attack, several fatal accidents and some security clearances revoked and trials to follow.
    Everyone who is anyone knows the guilty and what they have done..just end it.
    The ends justifies the means is an equal opportunity stragety.

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  25. clio says:

    What does Cheney expect to gain by dogged insistence on the same Iraq policy? Iraq would seem to be a holding action at best if the current policy prevails, and in 2008 there will be a new vice-president.
    Or do Cheney and his team foresee a new front in Iran in the next 2 years which will then change the Middle East/Iraq dynamic completely?

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  26. pauline says:

    stuff on Baker include –
    He says the government shouldn’t overreact to corporate scandals. He watched the September 11 attacks at the Ritz-Carlton with the Bin Laden family. He’s defending the Saudi’s against a trillion-dollar lawsuit brought forth by the September 11 families. He led the campaigns of the last four Republican presidents. Now he’s been chosen as Bush’s personal envoy in charge of restructuring Iraq’s $132 billion in debt. Some say he’s the most powerful lawyer in the world. He may be one of the busiest. Who is he?
    He’s the Senior Counsel for The Carlyle Group, a company that invests pension funds in defense and telecommunications companies around the world. The Carlyle Group is the nation’s 10th largest defense contractor, with extensive ties to Enron, Global Crossing, Arthur Andersen, the Saudi Royal Family, and the Bin Ladens.
    Through his law firm, Baker & Botts, he is also working to assist American oil companies in the Caspian Region. This work right now involves a pipeline to be built through Afghanistan, a pipeline that Texas oil companies were negotiating with the Taliban to build before 9-11.
    Is this the same James A. Baker working for the Department of Justice as the Counsel for Intelligence Policy at the time of the September 11 attacks? “The Office serves as adviser to the Attorney General and various client agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Defense and State Departments, concerning questions of law, regulation, and guidelines as well as the legality of domestic and overseas intelligence operations.” http://www.usdoj.gov/oipr/

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  27. Marky says:

    Keith,
    Sure there needs to be a change in Iraq policy, but the timing is all about saving Bush.
    It’s a despicable motive, in the circumstances.

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  28. Keith M Ellis says:

    What we’re looking at here is a possible policy change post-election. GOP talk about this isn’t a ploy, it’s desperation. My opinion is that if the White House announced such a change prior to the election, it would actually hurt the GOP more than help, even though voters’ anger about the war is driving a lot of the Dem momentum. The true believers would be even more disinclined to go to the polls or even punish candidates who endorsed the change, and most everyone else would see it as a vindication for the Democrats. There’s no profit politically for the GOP for the White House to announce any policy changes before the election.
    Post election, I think that some sort of mumbling about a timetable or plan to leave Iraq is inevitable. If the power balance within the White House remains as it is today, then I think such mumblings will mostly be lip service to the political reality that the war is becoming very unpopular. But between Bush’s intransigence and Cheney’s intransigence (which I think have difference genesis and different forms), I wouldn’t expect any real change. On the other hand, arrayed against these two, especially if Rumsfeld is forced to retire, is the whole Bush I realist establishment represented in Baker and all the rest of the GOP who is now seeing the Iraq War as a disaster. That’s a lot of pressure for real change.
    There are two important unknowables here. The first is how truly entrenched Cheney is within the White House decision making process and within Bush trust. It may well be the case that nothing short of a huge personal scandal could dislodge him. Frankly, I think the possibility of his being marginalized is not very high. The second unknowable is what is really going on in Bush’s mind about his father, his father’s legacy, and his father’s advisors. My gut instinct is that he has a large amount of involuntary respect for these people and that because of that they have *some* influence. But I think that this respect is overshadowed by resentment and Bush’s almost pathological desire to be his own man. I think that, in the end, Bush will continue to be very resistant to anything associated with his father.
    So, in light of all that, I think the chances for a real policy change in the White House toward the war and the Middle East is not very likely even though the mounting pressure for such a change is enormous.

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  29. marky says:

    Steve,
    W. is not Reagan. You can’t pretend he doesn’t matter, or that the right advisers will steer him towards a better course.
    The Baker story must be seen for what it is, and nothing more: it is a last ditch effort to attract the votes of some “moderates” to the GOP.
    It is a slick version of the “secret plan”.
    Come on, Steve! Why do you think this story is so prominent 3 weeks before the elections?
    You’re playing Charlie Brown to the GOP’s Lucy once again. Don’t play the fool to the people that are trying to save Congress for the GOP.

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  30. pauline says:

    poa wrote:
    “Impeach their lying asses, indict them for treason, and throw their treasonous lyin’ self-serving asses in a federal prison.”
    After watching Stephen Grey last evening on Democracy Now talk at length about his new book, “Ghost Plane”, he details what liars Bush, Cheney and Rice have been on torture.
    Here’s one reader’s opening comments, “Any citizen concerned about the manifest threats to our constitutionally guaranteed liberties emanating from the Bush administration in its approach to the “War On Terror” will do well to read and appreciate the frightening story contained in these pages. Author Stephen Grey takes great pains to carefully document the astonishing ways in which the Executive Branch has unleashed the least principled elements within the Central Intelligence Agency and fully endorsed the crypto-fascistic policy of “extraordinary rendition”, which is a clever euphemism for the unlawful abduction and illegal international transportation of certain designated “terrorist” suspects to avoid domestic legal complications. In other words, when the CIA and Executive branch determine that a specific suspected terrorist might have critical time-sensitive information, it employs this technique to deliver the the suspected terrorist into the hands of foreign governments that sanction and practice torture. Thus, the fundamental purpose of this policy is to do an end run around the constitutional guarantees which everyone within the borders of the USA enjoys by situating the suspect in countries in which brutal torture is both tolerated and practiced.”

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  31. Pissed Off American says:

    Golly, policy changes right before the November elections? Guess what folks, there is NO TIME to institute Iraq policy changes prior to the elections. But there sure as shit is time to LIE TO US about policy changes that might be instituted in the future. Why in God’s name should we believe ANYTHING these fuckers tell us?Note all these slimey lying piece of shit Republican candidates abandoning Bush to spew their politically expedient horseshit about changing course in Iraq. Hey, where were these fucking coward yes-men hiding when the Downing Street Memo came to light? Where were these assholes when Shinzeki’s warnings were ignored and trashed by thier own party?
    Guess what people? We can’t undo this fucking mess in Iraq. If we pull out of Iraq the death toll will escalate. If we stay, the death toll will escalate.
    This is BY FAR AND ABOVE the biggest clusterfuck EVER committed by a Presidential Administration, and it is going to take FAR more than Baker’s belated musings to bail us out of this one. And remember, anything that Baker comes up with WILL NOT include ANY provisions for holding these fuckers like Bush, Cheney, or Rumsfeld ACOUNTABLE for their act of criminally LYING us into this God damned nightmare. In fact, you can rest assured that Baker will IGNORE that fact that this war was premised on a treasonous deception spearheaded by this megalomaniacal batch of neocon criminals. These people in the Bush Administration should be IMPEACHED AND INDICTED for completely IGNORING thier oaths of office.
    There is NO HONORABLE WAY out of this clusterfuck in Iraq. But there IS an honorable way out of this Administration. Impeach their lying asses, indict them for treason, and throw their treasonous lyin’ self-serving asses in a federal prison.

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  32. TLittle says:

    I want to know what the people in Office of Policy Planning at State think about this. Steve, if you know, why haven’t we seen a lot coming out of this office in the past several months.

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  33. Punchy says:

    I’m at a loss to understand how John Warner expects to force a policy change. It’s ironic that the Republicans’ “appeasement” of all laws/policies/posturing that Bush wanted for so many years, uninterrupted and without exception, has so effectively neutered his branch of government. It’s clear to many that the executive has politically destroyed the teeth of any Senator or group of Congressmen (this is why I’m not sure the Dems having the House will matter…I have a strong feeling they’ll simply just ignore Congress from here on out).
    Bush doesn’t appear to be physically able to admit a mistake. For anything. What makes Warner think he’d suddenly change his colors is a mystery to me. I’ll support his efforts, but I have a feeling it’ll be like spitting in a fan.
    Regardless, that’s for all the inside-baseball stuff on this outfit, Mr. Clemons. We appreciate it.

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