If you weren’t entirely convinced yet that the Bush Administration lied about the reasons for going to war and is too inept to manage any future catastrophes, Colin Powell’s right-hand man, Colonel Larry Wilkerson, will certainly convince you.
In a rare public rebuke of the secretive Bush administration by a former insider, former State Department Chief of Staff, Colonel Wilkerson blasts the Bush Administration for collusion and ineptness. What makes Colonel Wilkerson’s criticisms particularly damaging to the White House is that Wilkerson is a distinguished military veteran with first-hand experiences of the inner-workings of the White House.
Colonel Wilkerson said:
“What I saw was a cabal between the vice president of the United States, Richard Cheney, and the secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld,” he said. By cutting out checks-and-balances, “we have courted disaster in Iraq, in North Korea, in Iran, and generally with regard to domestic crises like Katrina.” If there is a nuclear terrorist attack or a major pandemic, Wilkerson continued, “you are going to see the ineptitude of this government in a way that’ll take you back to the Declaration of Independence.”
As for the Republican foot-soldiers, he says:
They “truly abandoned their oversight responsibilities” and said past presidents had also circumvented the national security structure. But, he said, “the case that I saw for four-plus years was a case I have never seen in my studies of aberrations, bastardizations, perturbations, changes to the national security decision-making process.”
This humble blogger has to ask, is this the administration that we really want running our country and responsible for our sons and daughters in the Iraq War?!?!