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  •  Don't count on this happening (none)
    Good soldier that he is.  A man of true integrity would have walked out on bushco and exposed what they were doing - BEFORE the huge loss of life in Iraq.  No integrity in keeping his mouth shut (even if he is working Bolton behind the scenes).
    •  But he had one of his ex-aides speak (none)
      against Bolton, and everyone knew how to read that.  He has ways. . . .

      "Let all the dreamers wake the nation." -- Carly Simon

      by Cream City on Sat May 07, 2005 at 12:54:17 PM PDT

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      •  One of his ex-aides....??!!! (none)
        I mean c'mon, there must come a time in every person's life when once and for all he/she has to show his real essential-self to the world and stop playing this double entendre, political- gamesmanship, one upping second-grade scoolchildren level bullshit; sending out petulant communications more arcane than communications coming out of the most secretive meetings at the Vatican.

        Gen. Powell, many people once considered you a patriot, the embodiment of the fulfillment of the American dream. You are now worth many millions of dollars. You are also too fucking famous and visible to be destroyed by Bush/Cheney. So please tell us, what the fuck are you afraid of NOW, you little four star wuss??

        Act like a man and hold a fucking news conference and directly tell the world in plain English who and what John Bolton really is, and how he spied on you and your colleagues in violation of U.S. law, rather than hiding behind the skirts of your fucking ex-chief of staff!

        •  Face it! (none)
          Telling the truth is no longer a given, period. Whereas traditional societies (such as Native Americans) based their whole culture around truth, in our culture right now (at least at the top) lying and maneuvering are the norm, and truth needs to be proven by those who challenge our leaders

          Officials who wish to challenge to challenge the powers often only feel they can do it incrementally, as the consequences even then will be severe.  They need to be encouraged.

          But then the next question is: is it really possible to reverse the trend with incremental steps, or does it take a whole breakdown of society first?

          "It does not take many words to tell the truth." Chief Joseph

          by Gabriele Droz on Sat May 07, 2005 at 03:17:27 PM PDT

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        •  It doesn't work that way in Washington (none)
          At least not according to Steve Clemons at The Washington Note.

          Here he gives a good explanation of Armitage's behavior on the Bolton matter.  He compares it to the Japanese custom of "tatemae/honne" (apparently Armitage has spent a lot of time in Japan) - where "tatmae" is the exaggeratedly courteous Japanese public behaviour, and "honne" is how one really feels.  

          Steve says that politics in Washington operates a lot like this.  So in public, Armitage says "It was the president's choice and I support my president." - tatemae.  But in private (to save his political ass, and by association, Powell's), he's really working to undermine the Bolton nomination - honne.

          Great article.

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