19 February 2004

The Hypocrisy Of Colin Powell

Marine Corps veteran John Greely's take on Colin Powell.
The Secretary of State fairly bristled at the comment that President Bush might have been AWOL towards the end of his Air National Guard career and told the Representative in no uncertain terms, “Don’t go there!” along with an admonition that if the Representative wanted to turn this into a political fight, there was a time and place for it.

From where I sat, it was a ferocious and threatening display of raw, confrontational, Executive Branch power. It immediately reminded me of something I had read in his autobiography in which he wrote:

I am angry that so many of the sons of the powerful and well-placed ... managed to wangle slots in Reserve and National Guard units .... Of the many tragedies of Vietnam, this raw class discrimination strikes me as the most damaging to the ideal that all Americans are created equal and owe equal allegiance to their country.

9 February 2004

Dick Cheney appears to be fighting to secure his spot on the Republican ticket

It's not been a stellar month for Dick Cheney.

First, more news on a possible indictment.

A solicitor in a small north London firm has been named in connection with a $180m (£100m) French and American corruption investigation which could lead to the indictment of Dick Cheney, the US vice-president.

Next, the report of criminal misconduct by his staff in the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame.

And there's the story about him duck hunting with a Supreme Court justice all the while he's the principal player in a case the court is reviewing.

Will W. Bush dump Cheney as VP or remain loyal despite all of the dirt on Dick?