Tuesday, October 25, 2005

U.S. MORE 'A DICTATORSHIP THAN A DEMOCRACY'

That opinion comes from Lawrence B. Wilkerson, the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell.

We told you last week about Wilkerson teeing off on the Bush Administration. Now he's gone and published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times that can gently be described as "brutal." Two grafs to whet your appetite:
I believe that the decisions of this cabal were sometimes made with the full and witting support of the president and sometimes with something less. More often than not, then-national security advisor Condoleezza Rice was simply steamrolled by this cabal.

Its insular and secret workings were efficient and swift — not unlike the decision-making one would associate more with a dictatorship than a democracy. This furtive process was camouflaged neatly by the dysfunction and inefficiency of the formal decision-making process, where decisions, if they were reached at all, had to wend their way through the bureaucracy, with its dissenters, obstructionists and "guardians of the turf."
If we weren't on the brink of criminal indictments in the White House, Wilkerson's comments would be on the front page of every major and middling newspaper. They still deserve such prominence.

3 comments:

DocLarry said...

No, no, no! The United States is a Republic, not a democracy! This is why we're failing in Iraq! We keep trying to spread Republic-anism rather than Democracy! Why can't the (damn) Liberal Media get this Right?!

And did you know Wilkerson's sister is a known Thespian?! And when did Wilkerson stop beating his wife?!

(studies show that use of lots of exclemation poirnts makes your message truer)

Thom said...

You mean we're not a theocracy? Damn! So much for my new Evangello Desert Treat idea.

Don't watch poirnt it makes your palms hairy.

bboldt2 said...

WhatI found most interesting in his speech, that went unnoted, is a comment concerning the founding fathers and the reasons for violent revolution. I quote:



“Generally with regard to domestic crises like Katrina, Rita – and I could go on back – we haven’t done very well on anything like that in a long time. And if something comes along that is truly serious, truly serious, something like a nuclear weapon going off in a major American city, or something like a major pandemic, you are going to see the ineptitude of this government in a way that will take you back to the Declaration of Independence. Read it sometimes again. …and read in there what the founders say in a very different language than we use today. Read in there what they say about the necessity of the people to throw off tyranny or to throw off ineptitude or to throw off that which is not doing what the people want it to do. And you’re talking about the potential for, I think, real dangerous times if we don’t get our act together.”

Could he suggesting that we overthrow the government the old fashoned way (as our forefathers did) by force? He seems to be saying that we should do unto them before they do unto us.