“Let the Finger-Pointing Begin”
As you will remember shortly before the November elections Vanity Fair posted a preview of a forthcoming report by David Rose of his recent conversations with some leading “neocon” advocates of the invasion of Iraq in which he solicited the neocons’ current assessment of the Iraq war.
Vanity Fair has now posted the complete Rose report on it’s website and it’s a hoot. To read the efforts of the likes of “Richard (Prince of Darkness) Perle, David (Axis of Evil) Frum, Kenneth (Cakewalk) Adelman”, James Woolsey, Frank Gaffney, and Michael Ledeen to disclaim any responsibility for the disaster that has been visited upon Iraq, largely at their urging, is pathetic. All are former Bush Administration officials or advisers and all blame the Iraq debacle on Bush administration incompetence, particularly the National Security Council under Rice.
My personal favorite bleating is Micahel Leeden’s explanation that Rice’s NSC ineffectiveness resulted from the fact that the most powerful people in the White House “…are women who are in love with the president: Laura [Bush], Condi, Harriet Miers, and Karen Hughes”, citing “the peculiar comment Rice reportedly made at a dinner party in 2004, when she referred to Bush as ‘my husb—’ before catching herself. “, as support for his bizarre thesis.
Ledeen is a leading neocon theologian, a very frequent adviser of Karl Rove, and is considered to be one of the neocons leading intellects. If Ledeen is truly a leading neocon intellect then his comment would seem to indicate that the now expiring movement is intellectually bereft.
Richard Perle, who served on the Pentagon’s Defense Policy Board until ethical problem resulted in his removal in 2004, insists that “‘I’m getting damn tired of being described as an architect of the war. I was in favor of bringing down Saddam. Nobody said, ‘Go design the campaign to do that.’ I had no responsibility for that.'”, despite the fact that for a decade Perle and his fellow travelers agitated for the invasion and endlessly pimped the lying crook Ahmad Chalabi as the savior of post-Saddam Iraq.
David Frum, a former Bush speech writer who coauthored Bush’s famous “axis of evil” speech, is quoted by Rose as saying “‘I said at the time: that Iraq is going to be ruled either through terror or through corruption. Saddam knew how to do it through terror. Ahmad Chalabi would have known how to do it through corruption.'”
The rest of the merry band of ideologues, who fancy themselves Staussian philosophers and us as dumb asses, have equally bizarre comments.
It is frightening to think that these guys have had a very significant role in shaping USA foreign policy for that last 25 years. The good news, though, is that the neocon approach is now met with almost universal derision.
As Kenneth Adelman put it to Rose “‘”Nevertheless, I feel that the incompetence of the Bush team means that most everything we ever stood for now also lies in ruins.'”