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kentuck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-24-04 12:46 PM
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Those kicked out of govt by Iran-Contra scandal, now at center of power,12271,1200412,00....

The serious constitutional issues and governmental abuses, the methods and even the continuity of some personnel that Woodward catalogues evoke memories of the Reagan Iran-contra scandal. That involved a network of aides outsourcing US foreign policy to circumvent the separation of powers - selling missiles to Iran to fund the Nicaraguan contras. The Iraq war was conceived by the president and his war cabinet in an apparent effort to evade constitutional checks and balances. In Iran-contra, the national security council, CIA and Pentagon were stealthily exploited from within; in Iraq, they were abused from the top.

When the Iran-contra scandal was revealed, the Reagan administration was placed into receivership by the old Republican establishment. Neoconservatives and adventurers, criminal or not, were purged, from Elliott Abrams to Richard Perle. Now they are at the centre of power.

Woodward reports that in July 2002 Bush ordered the use of $700m to prepare for the invasion of Iraq, funds that had not been specifically appropriated by Congress, which alone holds that constitutional authority. No adequate explanation has been offered for what, strictly speaking, might well be an impeachable offence.

Woodward also reports that the battle plan was unfurled for Prince Bandar bin Sultan, the Saudi ambassador to the US. On its top, it was stamped "Top Secret: Noforn" - "No Foreign", not to be seen by anyone but Americans with the highest security clearance. Following Bush's instructions, the vice-president, Cheney, and the secretary of defence, Rumsfeld, briefed Bandar, who responded by promising to lower oil prices just before the election. As we can now see, prices have skyrocketed, giving oil-producers windfall profits upfront, and ultimately exaggerating the political effect of any subsequent drop in prices.

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  - Whats next?...Oliver North appointed ambassador to Haiti? (n/t)  webster_green   Apr-24-04 12:54 PM   #1 
  - Remember when Ollie and Fawn Hall shredded all night.....?  kentuck   Apr-24-04 12:56 PM   #2 
     - yes, Fawn stashing documents in her boot!  Tellurian   Apr-24-04 01:15 PM   #6 
     - I still have my Fawn Hall t-shirt from a visit to Wshington DC around that  calimary   Apr-24-04 01:31 PM   #9 
     - LOL!...Ah, yes....Fawn Hall....I had almost forgotten.....  webster_green   Apr-24-04 01:32 PM   #10 
        - Actually, she got an agent out of it, and there were numerous reports of  calimary   Apr-24-04 01:37 PM   #12 
  - No US press dares to say it  AZDemDist6   Apr-24-04 12:58 PM   #3 
  - Actually, they don't  sierra_moon   Apr-24-04 01:27 PM   #8 
  - Great post, Kentuck  sierra_moon   Apr-24-04 01:05 PM   #4 
  - kick  opihimoimoi   Apr-24-04 01:08 PM   #5 
  - All that is needed now to complete the circle is  Tellurian   Apr-24-04 01:16 PM   #7 
  - since they weren't made to PAY FOR THEIR CRIMES....  jus_the_facts   Apr-24-04 01:35 PM   #11 
  - Exactly ~ They figured out long ago it is easier to say I'm sorry than to  Bandit   Apr-24-04 01:43 PM   #13 
  - And the sad reality that we Dems have allowed it to happen.....  jus_the_facts   Apr-24-04 03:52 PM   #16 
  - My biggest beef with Clinton...  JHB   Apr-24-04 04:17 PM   #18 
  - I think an unreported aspect of the Iran-Contra scandal was.....  kentuck   Apr-24-04 01:43 PM   #14 
  - That reminds me...does anybody have a list...  DAGDA56   Apr-24-04 02:30 PM   #15 
     - Poppy is so thoughtful...  Tellurian   Apr-24-04 04:07 PM   #17