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Inside Bush's bunker


Inside the bunker

His administration has become its own republic of fear, and Bush is a prisoner to the right

Sidney Blumenthal
Thursday November 3, 2005
The Guardian


One year after his re-election President Bush governs from a bunker. "We go forward with complete confidence," he proclaimed in his second inaugural address. He urged "our youngest citizens" to see the future "in the determined faces of our soldiers", to choose between "evil" and "courage". But as he listened that day, Vice-President Dick Cheney knew the election had been secured by a cover-up.
"I would have wished nothing better," declared Patrick Fitzgerald in his press conference of October 28 announcing the indictment of I Lewis "Scooter" Libby, the vice-president's chief of staff, "that, when the subpoenas were issued in August 2004, witnesses testified then, and we would have been here in October 2004 instead of October 2005. No one would have went to jail."

The indictment documents that Cheney confirmed the identity of Valerie Plame to him. The indictment also describes a figure called "Official A", subsequently disclosed to be Karl Rove, the president's chief political adviser, who informed Libby that he had told the conservative columnist Robert Novak of Plame's status. The next day Libby conferred with Cheney on how to handle the matter; that very day, Libby revealed Plame's identity to two reporters. Then Libby falsely testified that he had learned Plame's name from reporters.
On September 30 2003 President Bush emphatically stated that he wanted anyone in his administration with information about the Plame leak to "come forward". On June 10 2004 he pledged that anyone on his staff who leaked Plame's name would be fired.

When the Libby indictment was announced, Bush and Cheney praised him as a fine public servant. Still under investigation, Rove remains in the West Wing. But Cheney knew during the presidential campaign that he had discussed with Libby how to deal with Plame. Now Bush knows that Rove had enabled Robert Novak to publish her identity. But the president's promise to fire officials is suddenly inoperative.

Libby's alleged cover-up was undertaken in the spirit of neoconservative Leninism. Any tactic is rationalised by the vanguard, which sets all policy and uses the party as its instrument. If he had testified truthfully in October 2004 the result would have consumed the final days of the campaign. His Leninist logic permitted him to protect the Republican cause, but he has tainted Bush's victory in history.

Bush took his 2004 win as a resounding mandate for a rightwing agenda. With each right turn, however, his popularity declined. Iraq acted as an accelerator of his fall. His nomination of Harriet Miers for the supreme court was an acknowledgement of his sharply narrowed political space. While the Republican masses supported him, the Leninist right staged a revolt. In Bush's cronyism and opportunism they saw his deviation. With the prosecutor's indictment imminent, Bush withdrew Miers. Broadly unpopular, he could not suffer a split right. His new nominee, federal judge Samuel Alito, a reliable sectarian, is a tribute to his bunker strategy.

Hostage to his failed fortune, Bush is a prisoner of the right. His administration has become its own republic of fear. Libby's trial will reveal the administration's political methods. Cheney, along with a host of others, will be called to testify. Whatever other calamities may befall Bush, their spectre harries him to the right. "Disunity, dissolution and vacillation" are hallmarks of "the path of conciliation", as Lenin wrote in What is to be Done. The vanguard on "the path of struggle" criticised for being "an exclusive group," must oppose any retreat proposed by the "opportunist rearguard". "We are surrounded on all sides by enemies, and we have to advance almost constantly under their fire."


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-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
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Liberalism used to stand for something. Progressives had ideas about how to improve things. The movement left me behind during the 80's Christic Institute witch hunts chasing after CIA drug dealers in Nicaragua.

I see nothing has changed.

The Conservative lock on power looks pretty secure.

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Sounds good to me -- let's get the conservatives back in and the right-wing liberal nutcases out.

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With a poll rating of Bush and his Republican Congress somewhat lower than the bottom rim of my toilet bowl, that's some "lock on power" you got. People are sick of you guys. That translates into immediate loss of power, no matter what the election outcome in 2004. In 2006, judgement day will arrive.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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I don't care who the hell it is at this point. I'd just like to get someone in the White House who isn't dead set on bankrupting this country. Honestly, could anything be worse than the social conservative/fiscal liberal in the WH right now?

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I don't care who the hell it is at this point. I'd just like to get someone in the White House who isn't dead set on bankrupting this country. Honestly, could anything be worse than the social conservative/fiscal liberal in the WH right now?
Why yes, a social and fiscal liberal

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Sorry -- I'm not sure which is worse -- a social conservative or a fiscal liberal. One is telling me how to live my life and the other is spending my money. The worst of both worlds.....

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Fuck the social, liberal or conservative. I'd be happy with just fiscal, conservative of course.

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It would certainly be a huge improvement.

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Fuck the social, liberal or conservative. I'd be happy with just fiscal, conservative of course.
I am amazed at it all. Supposedly I am some kind of socialist, but before the Bush era I routinely voted for Republicans who ran on fiscally responsible platforms. My desires are pretty simple - that elected governments provide the taxes to pay for what they wish, whether it is social or military. I am just as upset at Dem deficit spending as I am GOP. But this fucking guy Bush is insane. He's an alcoholic spender.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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