May 1, 2003
Why the Bush Cartel "Ruling Triumvirate" Sent Newt Gingrich Out to "Eat Cheese" on Colin Powell
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
When Newt Gingrich used an April 22nd speech at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) to lay siege to the State Department, it was no accident. The AEI and the Heritage Foundation are the two primary right wing think tanks that flesh out the extremist policies for the White House. The AEI's "scholars and fellows" include a rogue's gallery of the hard right Republican Party "intelligentsia," including Lynne Cheney, Robert Bork, Richard Perle, and Gingrich himself (the Charles Manson of the Republican Party).
No, Newt didn't just get up to the podium and freelance it. The three people running America knew what was coming. Yes, the ruling triumvirate of Donald Rumsfeld (with the portfolio of Foreign Policy and Defense), Karl Rove (with the portfolio of Propaganda and Internal Affairs), and Dick Cheney (with the portfolio of Government Contracting and Business Development) let the morally debauched, but still sharply fanged Gingrich loose to shred Colin Powell.
Here's a little of what Gingrich had to say on April 22:
No, Gingrich wasn't acting on his own.
Karl Rove, for one, has had it out for Powell from the get-go. Bush was Rove's ticket to the moon, not Powell. According to "Bush at War" Bush Royal Court biographer, Bob Woodward:
For Donald Rumsfeld, Powell was a rival who was keeping Rumsfeld from becoming a Master of the Universe, after years of failing to grasp the brass ring. And when the triumvirate prevailed and got their marionette, George W. Bush, to launch a war despite the opposition of the U.N. Security Council, Rummy couldn't wait to humiliate Powell. Maureen Dowd elaborates:
And did we mention, by the way, that Gingrich sits on the infamous Defense Department advisory board, the one that Richard Perle still uses as a platform for disparaging, intimidating and belittling anyone and everyone in the name of the United States government.
As for Cheney, he had a grudge match with Powell. But for Dick, it was mostly just business. Powell was standing between him and all those billions of dollars in contracts he wouldn't get to award if Powell prevented the destruction of Iraq; because they wouldn't need to rebuild it if they couldn't bomb it first. Powell just didn't understand how corporate cronyism and GOP contributions work hand-in-hand -- and there's nothing like a war to prime the pump with taxpayer dollars.
And Cheney had been undercutting Powell whenever he could, including the Secretary of State's attempts to move the peace process forward in the Middle East. Woodward records that at a crucial moment in Powell's efforts to mediate between the Israelis and Arafat, he received a call from his trusted aide Dick Armitage:
And what about Little Caesar, the marionette whose strings are tugged and pulled by the members of the triumvirate? Well, Little Caesar doesn't have much to say about Colin Powell. After all, Colin's not a "tough guy" like Rummy, Dick and Karl. And Little Caesar likes to hang out with the thugs because he wants to feel like a man.
As Bush court hagiographer, Bob Woodward recalls asking Bush about Powell:
No, George, BuzzFlash wouldn't call you a diplomat either.
But there's another reason that George may have it out for Colin. (He's not going to fire him or anything. That would get Poppa Bush in a snit, and they need Michael Powell to allow more Republican media consolidation through FCC deregulation.) He resents Powell for having had the courage to actually fight in a war, not just run around playing Commander in Chief in a script written by Karl Rove.
In his book "Colin Powell: An American Journey," Powell writes scathingly about young, privileged cowards who avoided service in Vietnam:
So Colin Powell has something on George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove -- all who were too cowardly to serve in Vietnam. (Rumsfeld served in the military, but not in battle.)
Colin Powell has George W. Bush's number and Little Caesar knows it.
That's just one of the reasons Newt Gingrich, another Vietnam War evader, was sent out to fire a shot across the bow of the Secretary of State.
After all, Newt is an expert at "eating cheese on you."
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ANALYSIS
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