Daily news and commentary by: Whymrhymer at the Blogger News Network
Conflicting reports about the proposed new Secretary of Defense must have many wondering about what is really going on in the White House and, in particular, in President Bush’s head.
On the surface, Robert Gates certainly has the credentials for the position: He was Deputy National Security Adviser and then Director of Central Intelligence under President G.H.W. Bush and he has been (and still is) a member of the current President Bush’s “Iraq study group.” The Iraq Study Group is led by former Secretary of State James A. Baker III and by former Representative Lee Hamilton. The purpose of that study group is to analyze our policies in Iraq and then, one would assume, make recommendations to the President on changes to those policies. It is for both his roles in the Bush 41 white house and for his role in the study group that Robert Gates is ‘taking heat’ . . . not only taking the expected heat from the ‘Democratic majority’ (a term you will eventually get used to uttering) but taking heat from conservative thinkers as well. As proof of that, look at an article in this morning’s Washington Times, a newspaper that always reflects Washington’s conservative perspective; but, it should be noted, that does not automatically give its ‘stamp of approval’ to everything the President says or does.
The Washington Times article demeans Robert Gates by calling him “an agent” of both former Secretary of State Baker and former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft; both of whom, the article suggests, “are from the ‘realist school’ of national security advocates and who oppose the Bush administration’s aggressive war on terrorism.”
If what the Times article says is factual (something one can never take for granted) it would mean that President Bush has intentionally appointed someone as Secretary of Defense who is ‘programmed’ to ‘tone down’ our war in Iraq — in other words, the words: “winning the war in Iraq” (our President’s current favorite phrase) may soon take on a whole new meaning.
It brings to mind the unforgettable Mel Brooks line from the 1981 film “History of the World: Part I”: “It’s good to be the King!”
The Washington Times: Pentagon takeover
International Herald Tribune: Bush ‘open to any idea’ for addressing war in Iraq
From the blogosphere:
A Step At A Time: Back to Iraq
Alternate Reality: And Now, Iraq
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