Wilkerson was responsible for the one-week review of information from the Central Intelligence Agency that was used to prepare Powell for his February 2003 presentation to the United Nations Security Council. His failure to realize that the evidence was faulty has been blamed on the limited time he had to review the data. The subsequent developments led Wilkerson to become disillusioned: "Combine the detainee abuse issue with the ineptitude of post-invasion planning for Iraq, wrap both in this blanket of secretive decision-making . . . and you get the overall reason for my speaking out."Since then he has been in high-dungeon - so bad that last year even Colin Powell has disowned him.
He has a rather strange OP-ED bit that gets history wrong, quotes wrong, and, well, is getting all frothy.
Mr. Perle do not represent the bulk of Americans, who are anything but radical. Instead, they represent the Robespierres and Napoleons of this world, the neo-Jacobins of today. Robespierre was a leader of the reign of terror.I'll leave you scratching on that, here are a vew things speckled through...
We can turn back; moreover, we must if the world is to continue on a trajectory of more freedom and more prosperity for increasing numbers of people. Without American leadership - the good America - the world cannot progress.
If we are in some way the indispensable nation that a few Americans have said we are, then that is why. And it is no arrogance of power to say it; rather, it is to admit abiding reverence for the way the world works.
Such awesome responsibility generates not the swaggering ineptitude of which we have witnessed so much of late, but the abject humility that should flood us when we confront such unprecedented responsibility. I imagine the feeling to be something akin to what Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower felt moments before the invasion of Normandy began June 6, 1944.
From the Kyoto accords to the International Criminal Court, from torture and cruel and unusual treatment of prisoners to rendition of innocent civilians, from illegal domestic surveillance to lies about leaking, from energy ineptitude to denial of global warming, from cherry-picking intelligence to appointing a martinet and a tyrant to run the Defense Department, the Bush administration, in the name of fighting terrorism, has put America on the radical path to ruin. ... Unprecedented interpretations of the Constitution ... fiscal profligacy of an order never seen before .. put in motion a conflict in Iraq that in terms of colossal incompetence, civilian and military, and unbridled arrogance portends to top the Vietnam era, a truly radical feat. ... All we need do, in reality, is return to our roots. Never in our almost 800-year history since the Magna Carta have we been radicals.Let's just pick five from the pile: Revolution against the world's superpower, taming of the west, The Civil War, Treaty of Versailles, throwing Japanese Americans in camps.....can I stop now?
More medication, less DailyKos and DemocraticUnderground. Oh, BTW, know what put him over the edge? Why We Fight.
You know Col., it isn't all about you. If you want to pick your belly-button, do it in private. We weren't refighting North Africa '42 in '45. Help push now or get better meds.