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Friday, October 28, 2005

The Cabal

Some lefty bloggers are all a-flutter about a speech by a former aide to former US Secretary of State Colin Powell stating the Bush Administration is run by its senior staff - except he prefers to label them a 'cabal'.

In my dictionary a 'cabal' means a "clique (often secret) that seeks power usually through intrigue". I'm pretty sure whomever wrote that definition didn't have in mind the elected Vice President and the Secretary of Defense acting in the capacity of... carrying out their jobs. Talk about stuck on stupid eh.

As Tim Blair and Qando point out, the speech contains some other interesting claims, which presumedly have the same level of credibility to these lefties as his use of the term 'cabal' to describe two senior Bush Administration staff.

Amongst the many half-truths and mixing of personal opinion with facts in his speech, this one stands out like a Saddamite palace in a run-down town:
And I’m not talking about the billions and billions of dollars of equipment it’s burning up in Iraq at a rate 10 or 15 times the rate its life cycle said it should be burned up at, but I’m also talking about when you have officers who have to hedge the truth, NCOs who have to hedge the truth. They start voting with their feet, as they did in Vietnam, my war. They come home and they tell their wife they’ve got to go back for the third tour and the fourth tour and the wife says, uh-uh, or the husband says, uh-uh, and all of a sudden your military begins to unravel.
Note the attempt at relating Iraq to Vietnam.

Four years after September 11th and the Afghanistan invasion, and two years after the Iraq invasion re-enlistment rates for units deployed in combat areas are extraordinarily high:
Thirty-five percent of Army re-enlistments have come in combat zones, said Maj. Gerald Conway, who oversees retention policies for the Army.
Now it's true that new enlistments are down this year, especially for some key support units that have traditionally been part of the US Army Reserves or National Guard. That will change as the Pentagon is moving more of these units back into the full-time Army and offering better salaries, wages and sign-on bonuses to its soldiers. I understand the enlistment rate picked up near the end of the yearly period after better remuneration was offered. More details at Strategy Page.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 10/28/2005 09:58:00 AM


Blogger Ackers1 said...

He happened to be Powell's Chief of Staff and for him to have made the speech is extraordinary in itself and only confirms what many others from the Republican establishment have been saying for a number of years now.

10/28/2005 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

The lefties are whipping themselves into a lather over Plame when her occupation seems to have known for years to the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker, and every reporter in town. She wouldn't even have got a bit part Get Smart.

10/28/2005 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger Ackers1 said...

LOL. It's not the lefties that are whipping themselves into a lather over this Adolf, it's the Bush White House! Check out Paul Begala's post.

Funniest part is he can't blame the Dems, it's an own goal.

10/28/2005 11:22:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

"Republican Establishment"!!

That's a good one Ackers.

10/28/2005 12:08:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

So does your belief in this ex employees speech mean you now believe every single word of any former Administration employee?

Dick Morris ring any bells?

10/28/2005 12:10:00 PM  
Blogger Ackers1 said...

it's not such a difficult concept to wrap your head around is it AL? Take it from one who knows.

10/28/2005 01:01:00 PM  
Blogger fm said...

mmmm. An elected President and Vice President exercising their constitutional authority for defence and foreign policy through a group of personally appointed cabinet ministers and advisers, rather than a career public servant from the notoriously liberal State Department. It's shocking I tell you.

10/28/2005 02:13:00 PM  

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