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The passing of Gerald R. Ford, the 38th President of the United States gave me cause for a bit of historical delving. I wanted to find out more about the ascendancy of both Rumsfeld and Cheney during Ford’s tenure in the White House and how that ascendancy relates to the Presidency of Mister Bush today. As we know, the power vacuum left by Nixon’s departure gave room for the rise of influence of the conservative cabals associated with what we now know are the neo-cons, with representatives from both the Republican and Democratic sides of the aisle. The dominant cabals to wield influence in the Ford years and up to the present were the Coalition for a Democratic Majority (CDM) and its spawn, the Committee on the Present Danger (CPD) and more recently the Project for a New American Century (PNAC).  I believe that Gerald Ford in the weakness of his position became an essential puppet of the first two of these groups and that we and American democracy are suffering from that legacy to this day. What follows will be a historical review of the role of the major players in both the Ford and Bush administrations and associated outside organizations.

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Ford was sworn into office on August 8, 1974. On August 20th he selected Senator Nelson Rockefeller to be his Vice President. By the end of that month Ford’s approval rating reached 71%. Ford was generally viewed as a uniter by a very divided nation. Behind the scenes, however, there were machinations afoot and these machinations were primarily orchestrated by one Donald Rumsfeld.

In his February 2001 article, Darth Rumsfeld from the American Prospect, Jason Vest said of Rummy:

And while a few profiles have made passing references to Rumsfeld's Machiavellian power politicking during the Ford era, few seem to comprehend just how formidable he is likely to be within the Bush administration. Indeed, there's a striking parallel between the new administration's power structure and the regime Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney effectively controlled nearly 30 years ago, in which the duo set up a dominant advisory axis to a perceptibly weak-on-national-security president, in part by marginalizing a high-profile secretary of state seen as too moderate. Back then, Rumsfeld had a reliable coterie of proteges and comrades he could depend on in the service of furthering his goals. Three decades later, a new generation of Rumsfeld admirers is obsessed with the idea that a completely effective nuclear missile defense system can be deployed, giving America the power to use "peace through strength" in dealing with the rest of the world.

The Shake-Up
Ford brought Rumsfeld into the White House from his position as US Ambassador to NATO to manage his transition into the Presidency. Prior to his stint for NATO, Rumsfeld had worked in the Nixon White House at the Office of Economic Opportunity and at the Cost of Living Council. Dick Cheney had worked for Rumsfeld through this time as a deputy assistant. (source)

Ford then appointed Rumsfeld to be his Chief of Staff and he held that position until 1975. According to T.D. Allman in his excellent shredding of Cheney in the Rolling Stone,

Having turned Ford into their instrument, Rumsfeld and Cheney staged a palace coup. They pushed Ford to fire Defense Secretary James Schlesinger, tell Vice President Nelson Rockefeller to look for another job and remove Henry Kissinger from his post as national security adviser. Rumsfeld was named secretary of defense, and Cheney became chief of staff to the president. The Yale dropout and draft dodger was, at the age of thirty-four, the second-most-powerful man in the White House.

As the 1976 election approached, Rumsfeld and Cheney used the immense powers they had arrogated to themselves to persuade Ford to scuttle the Salt II treaty on nuclear-arms control. The move helped Ford turn back Reagan's challenge for the party's nomination -- but at the cost of ceding the heart of the GOP to the New Right. Then, in the presidential election, Jimmy Carter defeated Ford by 2 million votes.

Time Magazine in 1975 called this coup the "Shake-Up." Read the full accounting of it here and here. There had been conflicts between Kissinger, then both the National Security Advisor and Secretary of State, and Defense Secretary James Schlesinger. There was also displeasure with CIA director William Colby who had divulged much information to the Church Committee investigations about CIA assassination attempts of Castro and other nefarious and illegal activities in Chile and in the United States. Rumsfeld and other hard liners were also displeased with Kissinger’s efforts to encourage détente and the SALT II talks with the USSR, preferring a full escalation of military might. There was also displeasure with Ford’s selection of  Nelson Rockefeller as Vice President, because he was perceived to be too moderate. This shake up was the beginning of the hard line, right wing shift of power within not only the Republican, but also the Democratic Party.

On November 1, 1975 Ford orchestrated the coup. Defense Secretary James Schlesinger, and CIA Director William Colby were fired. Henry Kissinger was removed as National Security Advisor and was replaced by Brent Scowcroft. Schlesinger was replaced by Donald Rumsfeld and Colby was replaced by George H.W. Bush. When Rumsfeld became Secretary of Defense the new Chief of Staff became Dick Cheney.

This review of Cheney by Time in the November 17, 1975 summarized him as a "loyal deputy" and concluded.

Because of Rumsfeld's policy of "interchangeability"—the practice of having deputies regularly fill in for their bosses—Cheney in the past year has spent almost as much time with the President at home and on the road as Rumsfeld has. Like Rumsfeld, Cheney will run Ford's White House staff and implement his decisions. But he is not expected to be a manipulator of policies and personalities as his old boss was. (source)

Ha ha ha ha..... sob. If they only knew then what we know now.

The Cabals
The two groups influencing this coup behind the scenes were the Coalition for a Democratic Majority (CDM) and the Committee on Present Danger (CPD). The CDM was a think tank formed by Senator Henry Scoop Jackson (D-WA) in 1972.

Jackson and his coalition favored a strong military and promoted the concept of ‘peace through strength.’ The CDM has its roots in the intellectual movement of neo-conservatism—intellectual and pragmatic, with an emphasis on democracy, anticommunism, and globalism. By the mid-1970’s the Vietnam war had cooled the ardor of the American public for the policy of interventionism, a philosophy of great importance to the CDM. The election of President Jimmy Carter pushed the 'hardliners' into action and, in 1976, the CDM helped to found the Commmittee on the Present Danger (CPD), a lobby group for containment militarism. The CPD developed and implemented a new 'Soviet Threat' campaign. The broader goal of CDM, however, was to reinstate containment militarism as the central theme of U.S. foreign policy.
(source)

The CDM included members such as Les Aspin, Lloyd Bentsen, Midge Decter, Fritz Hollings, Hubert Humphrey, Daniel Inouye, Jeane Kirkpatrick, Irving Kristol, Patrick Moynihan, Sam Nunn, Bill Richardson and James Woolsey. It has been known to affiliate with other right wing think tanks such as the American Enterprise Institute and The Coaltion for Peace Through Strength. It also shared office space with Team B, the group authorized by President Ford in 1976 and managed by then CIA Director, George H.W. Bush. It was the combination of the CDM and the Team B that formed the nucleus of the reconstituted Committee on the Present Danger (CPD). (source) http://rightweb.irc-online.org/...  

The Team B members have consisted of the following: Richard Pipes, Daniel Pipes, Paul Nitze, Clare Booth Luce, John Connally, Daniel Graham, Edward Teller, Thomas Wolf, John Foster, William VanCleve, Richard Perle and last but not least, Paul Wolfowitz. (souces here and here. Ah the tangled webs they did weave. Essentially these hard liners were rabidly anti-communist and rabidly anti disarmament. Their job was to "create" evidence to counter the prevailing wisdom of the CIA (Team A) with regard to the threats posed by the Soviet Union. The idea of Team B it seems to me was carried forward into Rumsfelds’ Pentagon with the Office of Special Plans, who also generated their own truthiness about the threats of Iraq.

In CPD's view, the agency chronically minimized the Soviet military threat, thus creating a false basis for what CPD saw as insufficient U.S. defense expenditures. At the Pentagon, Rumsfeld was pushing hard for new strategic endeavors, such as the MX missile and the B-1 bomber. Though William Colby had successfully fought against outside analysis, new CIA Director George Bush was much more receptive to the suggestion from the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board -- which included CPD members -- that the agency's analysts hadn't been on the ball. It was no surprise, then, that when Bush asked the White House for permission to bring in the CPD, he obtained an enthusiastic response.

The CPD experts, who by this point had come to be known as "Team B," crafted an assessment that, as American University national security expert Anne Hessing Cahn put it, "everywhere saw the worst case," was rife with what we now know was rampant overestimation of Soviet military capability, and led to dire predictions. It's hard to know which is more surprising: that Team B's exaggerated findings were accepted then, or that reporters still accept them today.

The findings were submitted to the White House too late to be of any use to the floundering Gerald Ford, but CPD mounted an incredibly effective media campaign of leaking and spinning to create something approaching public hysteria. Despite Kissinger's condemnation of Team B's assessment, Rumsfeld was effusive in promoting it as a credible study -- and thereby undermining arms control efforts for the next four years. Two days before Jimmy Carter's inauguration, Rumsfeld fired parting shots at Kissinger and other disarmament advocates, saying that "no doubt exists about the capabilities of the Soviet armed forces" and that those capabilities "indicate a tendency toward war fighting . . . rather than the more modish Western models of deterrence through mutual vulnerability." (source)

The original CPD was founded in 1950 as a lobby group to perpetuate the red scare against communists. It faded out in influence during the 1960’s but was revitalized by the Team B and CDM people. With the defeat of the Soviet Union, the focus of the CPD has of course shifted to Islamic based terrorism, but their intent remains the same, total American hegemony and exportation of American democracy and capitalism. I encourage you all to look at their website CPD here and read more analysis of their activities here. The current leadership of the group consists of Sentators John Kyl, Joe Lieberman, George Schultz and James Woolsey. The membership list here includes such lovely notables as Jack Kemp, Newt Gingrich, Cliff May and Ron Silver.

To wrap this up, because there is so much more to tell, but this is getting lengthy, the seeds of many of the current fiascos with the Bush Administration were planted right under President Ford’s nose. It seems that he was completely used and manipulated by the likes of Rumsfeld and cronies and that their power was allowed to flourish and grow all through the Reagan and Bush I presidencies to culminate in the true nightmares we are experiencing today. I don’t fault Ford necessarily, but I do wish he had spoken up after the fact with hindsight. I wish that more people had spoken up about what they knew of Rumsfeld and Cheney from those bad old days so that we wouldn’t be having these bad days now.

Interesting bonus tidbit: In my quest for information about the Ford Administration I came across this recently declassified memo/transcript of a secret meeting between the Iraqi Foreign Minister and Kissinger in December 1975 where there was discussion of the CIA backed Kurdish insurgency against the Baathists among other things. It is a very interesting read. PDF file of transcript here.

Originally posted to Cosmic's tales on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 03:13 PM PST.

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  •  Tip Jar (28+ / 0-)

    Thanks for reading.

    -76W-83S It's always because we love that we are rebellious; it takes a great deal of love to give a damn - Kenneth Patchen

    by cosmic debris on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 03:10:10 PM PST

    •  Let's face it; the "Ford" administration... (6+ / 0-)

      ... was really the first Cheney administration.  If Ford hadn't pardoned Nixon there would have been no Bush administration I or II, and maybe even not a Reagan administration. That pardon was purely political ass-covering move to short-circuit further investigation of Republican corruption.

      "You have to keep your knee on [Bush's] windpipe until the danger is past." -- Garry Trudeau

      by tbetz on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 03:40:16 PM PST

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      •  And that is why (4+ / 0-)

        we so desperately need intense investigations today. It really is time to clean out the House - Congress and the White House. It's time to put a stop to this crap.

        -76W-83S It's always because we love that we are rebellious; it takes a great deal of love to give a damn - Kenneth Patchen

        by cosmic debris on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 03:48:25 PM PST

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        •  cosmic (6+ / 0-)

          I kept hearing the news readers say that Ford helped "heal" the nation. No he didn't. He put a coat of paint over a bunch of rot in the foundation of the nation instead of letting the carpenters get into make real repairs. He did something similiar when he papered over the holes in the investigation into John F. Kennedy's assassination. He's dead and I don't want to speak ill of the dead, but I'm sick of the news readers and pundits acting as if some hero who saved the nation died today. A rogue and a scoundrel who supported right wing brutal dictatorships around the world died and he's sitting in judgment before God and answering for his misdeeds and support of global villany now.

          When a man embarks upon a crime, he is morally guilty of any other crime which may spring from it. Sherlock Holmes.

          by Carnacki on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 04:36:14 PM PST

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          •  Yep (3+ / 0-)
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            Thanks for stopping in Mr. C. I haven't turned on the TV since I saw the first reporting of Ford's death late last night. Instead I researched to tell a story different from what I knew was being broadcast. After witnessing the frenzy of media crap after Reagan's demise, I just knew it wasn't worth it.

            There is so much justice that needs to be paid for all the crimes of our former and current leaders. I'm very ready for January to come and for Pelosi and others to finally get down to work, acting on behalf of justice, law and decency.

            -76W-83S It's always because we love that we are rebellious; it takes a great deal of love to give a damn - Kenneth Patchen

            by cosmic debris on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 04:41:48 PM PST

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          •  Sick of the praise for Ford. (3+ / 0-)
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            The only good thing he ever did was marry Betty. Shame on all this "heal the nation" crap. What Ford did was give a green light to every Pres who comes after Nixon to feel untouchable. And, by not going after Nixon and uncovering all the rocks. We are still fighting for the info from that ugly period.

            Bush, right now, gets to go to sleep at night knowing that the chances of a pardon are greater because of Ford. My Gawd, we are still living with the flotsom of his administration. I am not heartless, I feel for his family, but I do not forgive him his choices.

            Shut it down is so yesterday. Now it's time to FIRE IT UP!

            by high uintas on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 05:55:58 PM PST

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      •  But he suffered a 40% drop in approval in 72 hrs. (0+ / 0-)

        Change the course--change the Captain. Change the crew. But save the ship!

        by ImpeachKingBushII on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 03:59:00 PM PST

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  •  Ford: The Bungler (6+ / 0-)

    excellent and disturbing diary, cd.

    it's clear that not only did Ford let Nixon (the night creature) off the hook for his crimes, both domestic and international-- he was also dumb enough to keep rummy and cheney around.

    "Peace is not the absence of war; it is a virtue; a state of mind; a disposition for benevolence; confidence; and justice." Spinoza

    by Superpole on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 03:21:34 PM PST

    •  Thanks Superpole (5+ / 0-)

      Yeah, I keep thinking what if... if only. This Committee on Present Danger is still quite active and it kind of freaks me out. I think they are probably more influential than the PNAC at this point. Lieberman and Kyl.... what a team, sigh

      -76W-83S It's always because we love that we are rebellious; it takes a great deal of love to give a damn - Kenneth Patchen

      by cosmic debris on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 03:28:53 PM PST

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  •  "Neocons" (8+ / 0-)

    Some may view this as a quibble, but I think it's important: really, Rumsfeld and even to a degree Cheney weren't "neocons."  Rumsfeld had been a moderate in Congress, and wasn't a neocon on foreign relations, at least not the way some like Perle and Wolfowitz were from their starts (even when they were still Democrats).  And Cheney, even today, isn't really all that ideological in the neocon way, he's more about consolidating as much power as possible to himself and the executive branch, and in this his experience in the Ford administration--where Congress intervened after the abuses of the Nixon years with initiatives like the Church hearings on domestic spying--seems to have been crucial.  

    I think the most distinctive traits of the neocons are their utopianism, their fixation with threats from hostile states that they see as seeking world hegemony, and their deceptive rhetoric.  In this the key neocons are mostly the second-tier people like Shulsky, Feith, Cambone, Bolton, Khalilizad, etc, with the major figures being Wolfowitz and Perle and Eliot Abrams.  And their influeces are more intellectual than political: Irving Kristol, Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Leo Strauss, Wohlstetter, etc.  In the ways you say Rummy and Cheney used Ford--and in that I mostly agree--the neocons have used Cheney, Rummy and Bush, who share their dislike of power distributed across the government instead of within a strong executive.  And Cheney took advantage of Bush, and in doing so, brought in most of the Neocons who don't have much of a constituency in the Republican electorate and didn't have any significant following among Republican members of Congress.

    The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

    by Dana Houle on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 03:29:44 PM PST

    •  I agree with you DH (4+ / 0-)

      Rummy and Cheney weren't neo-cons but aligned themselves with them since the Ford days to achieve their hard right objectives. If you look at the membership lists of the early CDM and the CDP the neo con kernels and colonels are all there. The Team B group that HW Bush and Ford set up were pure neo-con. I think they all used each other, to fund raise, to propagandize, to create policy and to consolidate all of their power. Thanks for commenting...

      -76W-83S It's always because we love that we are rebellious; it takes a great deal of love to give a damn - Kenneth Patchen

      by cosmic debris on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 03:33:29 PM PST

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      •  Notice... (1+ / 0-)
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        ...they rebounded nicely 4 years later after Carter ousted Ford and them. J.C. let the military rot on the vine [I know because I served in the Navy from 75-85 and everyone I knew officers and enlisted hated him for meager pay raises and micro-managing ]. After his failed rescue mission in the desert [after the Ayatolla Kohmeini's storming and taking hostage of our Tehran Embassy in 79]he was toast with the voters.
         Enter Reagan and Lehman's 600 ship fleet and "Star Wars" flop [at least in public].

        Change the course--change the Captain. Change the crew. But save the ship!

        by ImpeachKingBushII on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 03:54:38 PM PST

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    •  Pea Ess (1+ / 0-)
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      What would be a better title, do you think?

      -76W-83S It's always because we love that we are rebellious; it takes a great deal of love to give a damn - Kenneth Patchen

      by cosmic debris on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 03:34:56 PM PST

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      •  Hmm, Dunno (2+ / 0-)
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        I think the title would be fine if--and maybe you disagree, but this is my view--you add the linkage that Rummy and Cheney weren't really Neocons but let the neocons in through their initiatives like Team B.  While they weren't themselves, I do agree with you that Cheney and Rumsfeld brought the Neocons in to the Ford administration through their machinations that undercut their rivals in the administration, and that Ford didn't do enough to prevent it from happening.  And then, as I think we agree, the Neocons again rode in to power through their connections with Rumsfeld and especially Cheney when the Bush team was being constituted after the 2000 election.

        The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

        by Dana Houle on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 03:39:15 PM PST

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        •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

          I actually think our commentary here clears it up. I'd put it into the diary, but I'm afraid to edit it in case it goes "poof!" I know some people have had troubles with that and this sucker is 5 pages of typing! : )

          -76W-83S It's always because we love that we are rebellious; it takes a great deal of love to give a damn - Kenneth Patchen

          by cosmic debris on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 03:45:10 PM PST

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          •  "Copy/paste to wordpad" click "save as". n/t (0+ / 0-)

            Change the course--change the Captain. Change the crew. But save the ship!

            by ImpeachKingBushII on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 04:06:00 PM PST

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            •  But even with the saved text (0+ / 0-)

              which I have in a word file, I'd still lose the comments.... not worth it. I think our discussion in the comments clarifies what DHinMI was addressing.

              -76W-83S It's always because we love that we are rebellious; it takes a great deal of love to give a damn - Kenneth Patchen

              by cosmic debris on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 04:10:04 PM PST

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              •  Didn't explain it right... (0+ / 0-)

                ...Copy/paste your diary to Wordpad. Then click "save as". The "My Documents" window will appear with a file name that you type in the block. It's permanently saved to your hard-drive until YOU delete it. It has no "auto-delete" option.

                Change the course--change the Captain. Change the crew. But save the ship!

                by ImpeachKingBushII on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 04:26:42 PM PST

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    •  maybe not classical neo-cons (1+ / 0-)
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      but definitely militarists. They believe in the ability of the military to realize all foreign policy objectives and decry diplomacy.

      A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

      by dougymi on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 03:52:50 PM PST

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      •  "Diplomacy only after all war has failed". n/t (1+ / 0-)
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        Change the course--change the Captain. Change the crew. But save the ship!

        by ImpeachKingBushII on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 04:08:03 PM PST

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      •  Sure, That I Agree With (1+ / 0-)
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        And frankly, in many ways so was Kissinger, who the Neocons loathed.  But it's not that hard for certain kinds of milatarists to find lots of common ground with the Neocons, and these two did.

        The revolution will not be televised, but we'll analyze it to death at The Next Hurrah.

        by Dana Houle on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 04:30:10 PM PST

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        •  I found it fascinating (1+ / 0-)
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          in a sick way that Kissinger was brought back to the WH as an advisor to Bush on Iraq. I'll bet there was some tension over that with the NeoCons. I look forward to the day when the truth comes out about this period, if it ever does. I don't think that what Woodward has written in his latest books tells us the whole story.

          -76W-83S It's always because we love that we are rebellious; it takes a great deal of love to give a damn - Kenneth Patchen

          by cosmic debris on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 04:35:22 PM PST

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    •  My international politics professor called them (1+ / 0-)
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      cowboys/unilateral nationalists as part of an explanation of three groups of thought influencing Bush on Iraq.

      They were the pragmatists, who were against invasion but for staying and rebuilding, the neocons, who were for an invasion and for staying and rebuilding, and the cowboys, who were for an invasion but against staying and rebuilding.

      Join the College Kossacks on Facebook, or the Republicans win.

      by DemocraticLuntz on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 04:04:01 PM PST

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    •  DHinMI (3+ / 0-)
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      In my view, you can trace many of the steps by Vice President Cheney to consolidate power and to eliminate transparency in government from the Ford administration to today as envy over the brutal right-wing dictatorships that he and his ilk have supported in other countries. They've got Pinochet Envy.

      When a man embarks upon a crime, he is morally guilty of any other crime which may spring from it. Sherlock Holmes.

      by Carnacki on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 04:38:56 PM PST

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  •  Lieberman -- his treachery exposed (again) (4+ / 0-)

    *

  •  Interesting to see some of "our" democrats (3+ / 0-)
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    involved, besides lieberman.

    •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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      It disturbs me to see Bill Richardson (D-NM) on that list. I think this group requires further investigation.

      -76W-83S It's always because we love that we are rebellious; it takes a great deal of love to give a damn - Kenneth Patchen

      by cosmic debris on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 03:46:19 PM PST

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      •  Sure it wasn't Elliot Richardson? n/t (0+ / 0-)

        Change the course--change the Captain. Change the crew. But save the ship!

        by ImpeachKingBushII on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 04:12:25 PM PST

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        •  Positive (0+ / 0-)

          Here is the list of Principals

          Principals:

          Advisory Board of Elected Officials for the Coalition for a Democratic Majority are: Sen. Henry M. Jackson (1912-1983), Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-TX), Sen. David L. Boren (DOK), Sen. James Exon (D-NE), Sen. Wyche Fowler, Jr. (D-GA), Sen. Howell Heflin (D-AL), Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-SC), Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-HI), Sen. Bennett Johnston (D-LA), Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA), Sen. Charles S. Robb (DVA), Rep. Les Aspin (D-WI), Rep. Charles Bennett (D-FL), Rep. Norman Dicks (D-WA), Rep. Thomas S. Foley (D-WA), Rep. Dave McCurdy (D-OK), Rep. Bill Richardson (D-NM), Rep. James H. Scheuer (D-NY), Rep. Larry Smith (D-FL), Rep. Jim Wright (until his resignation--D-TX), and Hubert H. Humphrey III, Atty Gen. of MN. (2)

          It has him listed as a Rep, not Governor. So it hasn't been updated in a while.

          -76W-83S It's always because we love that we are rebellious; it takes a great deal of love to give a damn - Kenneth Patchen

          by cosmic debris on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 04:15:59 PM PST

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  •  I've made this ponit elsewhere (3+ / 0-)
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    But it bears repeating.  Ford and Rumsfeld knew each other very well from their years together in the House of Representatives.  They were part of the bloc of most conservatives GOP Congresscritters, the ones who didn't turn their backs on Goldwater in 1964.  The were friends and colleagues.  Ford was no innocent lamb or moderate led astray by a wily wingnut.  Ford knew very well what Rumsfeld was like and what he believed.  A moderate or centrist would not have appointed such a man as his chief of staff and Secretary of Defense.

    •  I didn't know that (4+ / 0-)

      thanks. By the way, Nixon described Rummy as a "ruthless little bastard" pot calling kettle black, I do believe. The tape of the conversation is here

      -76W-83S It's always because we love that we are rebellious; it takes a great deal of love to give a damn - Kenneth Patchen

      by cosmic debris on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 03:59:31 PM PST

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    •  Look at the diarest's signature photo-op... (3+ / 0-)
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      ...the way Cheney and Rumsfeld are looking and smiling at each other. Isn't that a "we've arrived" look if you've ever seen one?

      Change the course--change the Captain. Change the crew. But save the ship!

      by ImpeachKingBushII on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 04:14:45 PM PST

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        I've long been a believer that many of the leaks that brought down President Nixon came from the right-wingers because Nixon had normalized relations with China, signed antiballistic missile treaties with the Soviet Union, (eventually) pulled U.S. troops out of Viet Nam, etc. In other words, he was too liberal -- as hard as that is to consider when discussing Richard M. Nixon -- for the right-wingers.

        When a man embarks upon a crime, he is morally guilty of any other crime which may spring from it. Sherlock Holmes.

        by Carnacki on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 04:43:35 PM PST

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          ...I remember my Army years under Nixon.The year 1971. My lottery number was 50 something. I quit high school before graduation to "volunteer" on a hunch my number would come up. Well, half-way through "basic" they drew the numbers for that year guess what the "lucky" numbers went all the way up to 170 something. I already had 6 family members in Vietnam. Everybody in C-8-2 that were drafted got orders for Vietnam. I got Germany 3rd Armor Division. The upside is Nixon raised my pay about $300 a month from the $78 a month [after taxes]. I remember my unit in Germany constantly on 30 day alert to go to Nam.

          Change the course--change the Captain. Change the crew. But save the ship!

          by ImpeachKingBushII on Wed Dec 27, 2006 at 05:43:11 PM PST

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