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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

The Brass Speaks Out

An interesting analysis on the Downing Street Memos and the state of the union by Karen Kwiatkowski, a former Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who worked under Donald Rumsfeld in the Pentagon in 2002 and 2003; via the Guerrilla News Network...
Yet, as Robert Shetterly and others have pointed out, accountability for George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and the rest of the war gamers is not likely. At this time, impeachment for Bush and Cheney is politically impossible. A successful impeachment, or any accountability for the executive branch requires a certain balance of political power. Optimistically envisioned by the Founders, this balance was tenuous even in the early years of the Republic. George W. Bush said it best after the 2004 elections with "[my] accountability moment has passed."
While I do not agree with Kwiatkowski's view regarding the impossibility of impeachment, I do find it encouraging how harshly this former high ranking military officer, who worked directly under the Secretary of Defense, is speaking of the Bush Administration.

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