Gregory G. H. Rihn (milwaukeesfs) wrote,
Gregory G. H. Rihn


I'm getting more fed up with the current administration by the day. Watching them crab around trying to re-justify the invasion of Iraq in light of the weapons inspectors' interim report is just sickening. Ashcroft's insistence that all Federal prosecutors issue maximum charges is frightening and unreasonable. The leak of the CIA analyst's name just stinks: it gives me bad flashbacks to the 'govermment by news leak' that was a common feature of the Reagan and Bush I aministrations, along with the petty vengefulness that was a hallmark of the Nixon regime. I also have a sneaking suspicion that 'espionage' charges against arabic speaking chaplains and translators at Guantanamo will turn out to be a witch hunt on the lines of the Wen Ho Lee Los Alamos fiasco.

I suppose it should be disturbing to see signs of cracking in our government, but I rejoice to see it aas a sign that chickens may be coming home to roost. The CIA's insistence on investigation of the leak is widely seen as the career intelligence and diplomatic community striking back at rutless political manipulation of their work. (And I wonder if Ashcroft will indeed pursue "to the hilt" policy against whomever is found responsible?) Rumsfeld being edged out of Iraq affairs and his reaction to it is another sign of internal dissention that I hope bodes ill for a second term.

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