Condi and Not Rummy?
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by One Citizen
week BushCo decided to appoint the National Security Adviser to the
President to oversee U.S. rebuilding efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
As head of the Iraq Stabilization Group, Condoleezza Rice will now
be responsible for disbursing huge amounts of U.S. funds slated for
the rebuilding of those war-torn countries' infrastructures.
But why did they decide to scoot that particular task out from under
our Secretary of Defense and suddenly hand it over to the National
Security Adviser? After all, hadn't Rummy proven himself to be very
efficient with his Shock n' Awe "cakewalk" against the
once omnipotent Saddam Hussein?
It's not as if Defense Secretary Rumsfeld had done anything in particular
to displease Vice-Emperor Cheney. It is much more likely that this
sudden transfer of responsibilities was a pre-emptive measure. Apparently,
this major shift of power from Rummy to Condi wasn't exactly to "fix" anything,
at least not in the normal sense of fixing something that's broken.
So - "Why Condy and not Rummy?"
It's because someone in the Bush Administration has noticed that
Congress is beginning to wonder about what little has been accomplished
thus far regarding the rebuilding effort in the two countries involved.
The American public is finally wising up and beginning to push for
Congress to check the "books" as to where all that "rebuilding" cash
That's why "Condi and not Rummy"... it may be attributed
to the sole fact that the National Security Adviser to the President
is automatically exempted from Congressional Oversight. By shifting
the responsibilities to Ms. Rice's office, there'll be no chance
that a tell-tale money trail will be left for anyone to follow.
Is there anyone who believes that she may have been awarded the rebuilding
position in recognition for past exemplary performance as National
Security Adviser? To the contrary, it's more easily argued that she's
dangerously ineffective as Security Adviser. It was, after all, on
her watch that the prophetic August 26, 2001 Presidential Daily Briefing
("PDB") got shuffled to the bottom of Bush's "Things
to Do" list. That's the historic briefing which, in press conferences
and interviews after 9/11, she'd call "too vague" to foresee
any imminent terrorist danger. Actually, that PDB had directly predicted
the high probability that the al-Qaeda would soon highjack airliners
and attack the U.S. Had she effectively accomplished the one simple
task spoon-feeding Dubya that PDB's "bottom-line," she
likely could have prevented over 3,000 innocent Americans from dying
I was curious as to why Condi was never hauled before the 9/11 Congressional
committee to testify about why she had apparently missed shoving
that report under Dubya's nose, so I did a little research and turned
up the fact that as National Security Adviser, she is automatically
exempt from ever having to answer to Congress.
Because of her snafu, it is likely that America was hit with the
most deadly terrorist event in its history. And as a reward, BushCo
has granted her the honor and responsibility of administering billions
of U.S. dollars in overseas ventures that were arguably necessitated
because of her mistake!
How brilliant is that?
While at first glance this appears to be a most bizarre twist from normal bureaucratic
reasons for promoting governmental Administrative personnel, there appears to
actually be a method to their madness.
Unlike the Secretary of Defense's position, the high office of National Security
Adviser will now have the ability to rout the lion's share of monies slated for
the rebuilding of Iraqi and Afghani infrastructure to virtually anywhere it pleases
without any worry of ever being grilled as to where all that cash might have
vanished. She can just mark "TOP SECRET" across all of the invoices,
and black out the who, what, when, where, and why, pertaining to the funds. So
when someone finally checks to see where all that money ended up (and they will),
it'll appear as if we've piped gold bullion directly down a black hole.
All in the name of "National Security."
That Ms. Rice hasn't uncovered whom, within her own White House, was reckless
enough to have leaked a valued CIA undercover agent's name and personal data
is proof positive that she's remains incredibly inept as a U.S. National Security
Adviser to the President. But despite that fact, Condi is somehow still their
best choice to oversee the national security of both Iraq and Afghanistan.
The irony is that her new overseas duties will leave her with even less time
to aid the President in finding who leaked the cover of the CIA's top WMD expert
in Iraq. However, since Hussein's believed to have destroyed his entire WMD stockpile
during Desert Storm anyway, Ms. Plame's undercover weapons expertise in that
field wasn't ever really necessary since then, was it?
We're being assured that John "What anthrax killer?" Ashcroft is on
the job to "take care" of that little White House leak problem before
too much longer. That means Condi will be freed-up to visit her newly assigned
foreign countries to better exert her legendary hands-off approach to their "national
security" instead of ours.
I feel safer already.
But don't expect her Iraq Stabilization Group to project an exit-strategy timeline
anytime soon. That'll no doubt take much longer than originally anticipated,
now that BushCo's got their defense contractors' pesky paper trail problems covered.
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