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  •  Great link to Mother Jones article. (9+ / 0-)

    Thanks.  And yes, I think about Edmonds every day.

    Here's something from the article you linked:

    According to Lt. Colonel Kwiatkowski, Luti and Shulsky ran NESA and the Office of Special Plans with brutal efficiency, purging people they disagreed with and enforcing the party line. "It was organized like a machine," she says. "The people working on the neocon agenda had a narrow, well-defined political agenda. They had a sense of mission." At NESA, Shulsky, she says, began "hot-desking," or taking an office wherever he could find one, working with Feith and Luti, before formally taking the reins of the newly created OSP. Together, she says, Luti and Shulsky turned cherry-picked pieces of uncorroborated, anti-Iraq intelligence into talking points, on issues like Iraq's WMD and its links to Al Qaeda. Shulsky constantly updated these papers, drawing on the intelligence unit, and circulated them to Pentagon officials, including Rumsfeld, and to Vice President Cheney. "Of course, we never thought they'd go directly to the White House," she adds.

    Kwiatkowski recalls one meeting in which Luti, pressed to finish a report, told the staff, "I've got to get this over to 'Scooter' right away." She later found out that "Scooter" was none other than Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Vice President Cheney's chief of staff. According to Kwiatkowski, Cheney had direct ties through Luti into NESA/OSP, a connection that was highly unorthodox.

    "Never, ever, ever would a deputy undersecretary of Defense work directly on a project for the vice president," she says. "It was a little clue that we had an informal network into Vice President Cheney's office."

    A few weeks ago, we did an icebreaker at work. Each of us said our favorite reality TV show. I said I prefer actual reality. OrangeClouds115

    by Yellow Canary on Mon Apr 03, 2006 at 02:26:56 PM PDT

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    •  It is not too uncommon... (8+ / 0-)
      in the business world for high-level executives to undercut the normal chain of command by bypassing the responsible parties and going directly to the "on the line" source for a "real" answer.  But in the governmental world, to start a disastrous never-ending war in this fashion is really quite frightening.

      It reminds me of the behavior of Hitler as recorded in Albert Speer's "Inside the Third Reich."  Whenever the Fuhrer was dissatisfied with a temporizing remark or inaction by a direct subordinate, he would seek out the next-in-command until he got a favorable response.  Speer experienced this first hand in the armaments bailiwick and observed it more ominously with the military.

      Flaunting bureaucratic procedures and "getting things done" is often applauded - in this case, it resulted in deaths, assassinations, beheadings, rampant kidnappings, over 20,000 American casualties, the destruction of the U.S.'s fiscal position, the depletion of our armed forces, the loss of world credibility when the extent of Bush's lies became known and the demoralization of the citizenry.  Moreover, with Republican abdication of oversight and accountability, the situation will last for at least three more years, with more and more carnage to follow.  

      Let justice reign though the heavens tremble

      by Viceroy on Mon Apr 03, 2006 at 02:50:50 PM PDT

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