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Kenneth and Carol Adelman are here to stop the decline of Western Civilization through their amateur, though expensive, interpretations of William Shakespeare's works. The U.S. military has contracted with the Adelmans' Movers & Shakespeares, a management guru firm with a novel way to advise the US military on neo-con philosophy.
The Adelmans "are amateur Shakespeare scholars and...they have marshaled their avocation and their high-level contacts into a management-training business...Although neither of the Adelmans is academically trained in literature, the programs are well steeped in Shakespeare lore and background...."
This means the Adelmans have leveraged their high-level government contacts into a “management-training” business of amateur Shakespeare analyses worth somewhere in the range of $720,000.00 - $960,000.00 annually.
Adelman … had little good to say about Brutus, calling "the noblest Roman of them all" a ditherer, "the epitome of a fuzzy-headed academic..." Those who would depose Caesar had, in effect, no exit strategy.
"Brutus is not an honorable man," said Lieutenant General William Looney, one of 20 or so senior air force officers and executives - mostly two- and three-star generals and their civilian equivalents - gathered at the Aspen Institute for a daylong leadership seminar here. "He was a traitor. And he murdered someone in cold blood."
And though Looney acknowledged that Brutus had the good of the republic in mind, Caesar was nonetheless his superior. "You have to understand," the general said. "Our ethos is to obey the chain of command." (Make sure to catch that famous phrase of Looney's in the above link about how we own Iraq and the Iraqi people and their oil.)
TPM notes that in his interview with General Wesley Clark, " it showed not only a deep grasp of foreign policy issues but an equally canny sense of the informal and extra-governmental ways policy gets hashed out in Washington. More than anything it signaled an understanding that what we've been seeing for the last two years is part of a much longer history stretching back into the late 1960s."
"The point is that the CPD and PNAC advocacy were both cases in which outside pressure groups --- groups of neoconservatives --- basically B-teamed the given administration, getting around their flank by working congress and the media to force the administration's hand or make certain policy options politically unviable."
Seems there are so many of these threads which we have begun to pull and the invincibility blanket of the GOP is unraveling. See the latest update on Plame/PropaGannon Connect the Dots.