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October 26, 2005

"Cabal" Hijacked The Foreign Policy of the US, Consisting Of The President, Vice President, Sec. Def., and National Security Advisor

Okay, you probably already knew about the speech by Lawerence Wilkerson (former aide to Colin Powell) in which he complains that the foreign policy power was taken out of the hands of career State Department bureaucrats, where the Constitution entrusts it, and reposed unconstitutionally in the hands of a mere "President" and "Vice President."

Frankly, it's so stupid that I couldn't even manage the ire to mention it.

But Q & O has more stuff-- the stuff from the speech that wasn't widely reported, and which our friends on the left aren't so interested in.

Sample:

I can’t tell you why the French, the Germans, the Brits and us thought that most of the material, if not all of it, that we presented at the U.N. on 5 February 2003 was the truth. I can’t. I’ve wrestled with it. I don’t know – and people say, well, INR [the State Department's weapons proliferation section] dissented. That’s a bunch of bull. INR dissented that the nuclear program was up and running. That’s all INR dissented on. They were right there with the chems and the bios. Carl Ford and I talked; Tom Finger and I talked, who is now John Negroponte’s deputy, and that was the way INR felt. And, frankly, I wasn’t all that convinced by the evidence I’d seen that he had a nuclear program other than the software. That is to say there are some discs or there were some scientists and so forth but he hadn’t reconstituted it. [Saddam] was going to wait until the international tension was off of him, until the sanctions were down, and then he was going to go back – certainly go back to all of his programs. I mean, I was convinced of that.

The INR lied, people died.

Bonus: The tip about the aluminum tubes being only usable for uranium centrifuges came from... the French.


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