Surprise, surprise

Dr. Robert J. Harley harley at argote.ch
Sat Jan 10 13:35:23 PST 2004


http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/01/09/60minutes/main592330.shtml

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The Bush Administration began laying plans for an invasion of Iraq,
including the use of American troops, within days of President Bush's
inauguration in January of 2001 -- not eight months later after the
9/11 attacks as has been previously reported.

That's what former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill says in his first
interview about his time as a White House insider. [...]

[...]

O'Neill, fired by the White House for his disagreement on tax cuts, is
the main source for an upcoming book [...] authored by Ron Suskind.

Suskind says O'Neill and other White House insiders he interviewed
gave him documents that show that in the first three months of 2001,
the administration was looking at military options for removing Saddam
Hussein from power and planning for the aftermath of Saddam's downfall
[...]

A Pentagon document, says Suskind, titled "Foreign Suitors For Iraqi
Oilfield Contracts," outlines areas of oil exploration. "It talks
about contractors around the world from...30, 40 countries and which
ones have what intentions on oil in Iraq," Suskind says.

[...]  [INC] Spokesman Entifadh Qanbar tells CBS News that the Bush
administration opened official channels to the Iraqi opposition soon
after coming to power, and discussed how to remove Saddam. [...]

In the book, O'Neill is quoted as saying he was surprised that no one
in a National Security Council meeting questioned why Iraq should be
invaded. "It was all about finding a way to do it. That was the tone
of it. The president saying 'Go find me a way to do this,'" says
O'Neill in the book.

[...]

O'Neill also is quoted saying in the book that President Bush was so
disengaged in cabinet meetings that he "was like a blind man in a
roomful of deaf people."

O'Neill is also quoted in the book as saying the administration's
decision-making process was so flawed that often top officials had no
real sense of what the president wanted them to do, forcing them to
act on "little more than hunches about what the president might
think."

[...]
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Cumulative radicalization... working towards the Fuhrer... is the
Reichstag burning yet?

R


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