We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
General Colin Powell's famous remark about foreign intervention, "If you break it, you own it", also applies to the truth. Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin, in detail, exposes the blaring untruths by Colin Powell regarding so-called PlameGate, its damage to the Bush White House, and unfair prosecution of Scooter Libby. Colin Powell won't own up to owning his complicity.
From Day One, I've never doubted that Powell was the real villain of PlameGate because he knew who the leaker was and yet said nothing while the FBI and Dept. of Justice waged their clandestine war against the President and the White House. What I've never understood was Powell's motive for what he did. Was it because he held a grudge against the White House for making him the point man (and the eventual fall guy) on WMDs in Iraq, which turned out to be such a PR disaster? In the end, wasn't this a supreme intelligence failure for which the blame rightly belongs with the CIA? The WH, for its own reasons, was all too eager to believe the mostly faulty intelligence it was presented, but why would Powell not blame and hold a grudge against the folks at Langley who supplied the bad intelligence to start with?
I am actually saddened by this. I had fond feelings for the General after his service in the 1st Gulf War. But perhaps he is, under it all, just a politician. I don't believe one needs to be a conservative to be a patriot(Pat Tillman). But honesty and sacrifice are a must.
Remember during the 2000 election, the distance powell put between himself and Pres. Bush? Remember Cheney, Rice, I think even Rumsfeld, found their way to the Ranch, were seen publicly supporting Bush? Powell showed up once and said let's wait and see what happens, I'm not on anyone's side in this fight. Weak man, really think he was another product of affirmative action and from that time (2000)had no use for him. Often wondered how many people he got killed in Vietnam. Wishy washy officers in a war zone ALWAYS get people killed.
I watched the NBC DATELINE interview of former VP Dick Cheney on TV last night. Although I don't always agree with Cheney's policy views, once again I was greatly impressed by this man. He offers such a huge contrast with the POTUS Obama: he can speak in full sentences without notes (!), unlike the supposedly eloquent and oratorically gifted Obama who finds it embarrassingly difficult to string together 4th-grade level words to form even a coherent sentence. The interviewer did her best to find controversy where there was none in Cheney's new book, suggesting that his writing contradicted George Bush's earlier book. In each instance Cheney's answer seemed very plausible to me, and I left convinced there was no real contradiction in the remembrances of the two men.