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Powell Aide Wilkerson Says Bush Policymaking `Courts Disaster'

Oct. 21 (Bloomberg) -- The Bush administration has ``courted disaster'' in Iraq, Iran and North Korea and is so inept that it could not cope with a major domestic disaster, according to Lawrence Wilkerson, chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell.



Wilkerson said Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld formed a ``cabal'' to formulate U.S. foreign policy in isolation from other government institutions, seriously weakening the nation's decision-making process.



``If something comes along that is truly serious, truly serious, something like a nuclear weapon going off in a major American city, or something like a major pandemic, you are going to see the ineptitude of this government in a way that will take you back to the Declaration of Independence,'' Wilkerson said in a speech Oct. 19 to the New America Foundation, a Washington research institute.



The Bush administration has ``flummoxed'' the interagency decision-making process, Wilkerson said. He chastised Congress for abandoning oversight and warned that, without more accountability, ``it's going to get even more dangerous than it already is.''



Wilkerson, 60, left office in January along with Powell at the end of President George W. Bush's first term. A retired colonel, he is a former director of the U.S. Marine Corps War College and a former associate director of policy planning at the State Department. He also served under Powell when Powell was chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs under President George H.W. Bush.



Other Critics



Wilkerson's criticism echoes that of others who've left the current administration, including former Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill and counter-terrorism adviser Richard Clarke, although not Powell, who has remained largely silent. Wilkerson said Powell was ``not happy'' with his decision to speak out.



Telephoned requests for comment to the White House, Pentagon and State Department were not immediately returned.



Opinion polls show Americans broadly dissatisfied with Bush's stewardship. A USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll released Oct. 17 found just 39 percent of U.S. adults approve of how he's handling his job, the lowest level of his presidency. On Oct. 19, Republicans as well as Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee attacked Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for more than three hours for failing to present a clear strategy for bringing troops home from Iraq, and they accused her of presenting an unrealistically optimistic picture of the situation there.



Rice `Extremely Weak'



Wilkerson said Rice, as national security adviser during Bush's first term, was ``extremely weak.'' Rather than ensure a broad airing of views within the White House, ``she made a decision that she would side with the president to build her intimacy with the president.''



She did not play the role of ``the balancer'' or ``the person who would make sure that every dissent got to the president that made sense,'' Wilkerson said.



What ``I saw for four-plus years was a case that I have never seen in my studies of aberrations, bastardizations, perturbations, changes to the national security decision-making process,'' he said.



``What I saw was a cabal between the vice president of the United States, Richard Cheney, and the secretary of defense, Donald Rumsfeld, on critical issues that made decisions that the bureaucracy did not know were being made,'' he said, according to a transcript posted on the New America Foundation Web site. Wilkerson did not respond to e-mails seeking elaboration on his comments.



`Why?'



Wilkerson was scathing in his criticism of the Bush administration's foreign policy decisions. He said he still cannot explain why the U.S. invaded Iraq.



``So many decisions'' defy explanation, he said. ``Why did we wait three years to talk to the North Koreans? Why did we wait four-plus years to say we at least back the EU-3 approach to Iran? Why did we create the national director of intelligence and add further to the bureaucracy, which was what caused the problem in the first place?''



While Wilkerson's criticism is his strongest to date, and perhaps among the strongest of any former Bush administration official, it's not his first attack on Bush's foreign policymaking.



In an interview with GQ magazine last May, Wilkerson likened former deputy secretary of defense Paul Wolfowitz to the Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin. ``I don't care whether Utopians are Vladimir Lenin in a sealed train going to Moscow or Paul Wolfowitz. Utopians, I don't like. You're never going to bring Utopia, and you're going to hurt a lot of people in the process trying to do it.''



He also described U.S. sanctions on Cuba as the ``dumbest policy on the face of the earth.''


Did you vote for Cheney? How about Rumsfield? How about Wolfowitz? Did you know that these men represent a group that is labeled Neo Cons. Did you know that the root of their thinking goes back to the McGovern days?

Did you ever see that the these men want to have a perpetual war and impose democracy by the use of war?

Is this not part of Humanism?

In Christ
Jeff




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Vice President Cheney is fighting behind the scenes to veto this legislation sponsored by McCain of Arizona.



McCain vows to add torture ban to all major Senate legislation


John Hendren
Los Angeles Times
Nov. 5, 2005 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON - Girding for a potential fight with the Bush administration, supporters of a ban on torturing prisoners of war by U.S. interrogators threatened Friday to include the prohibition in nearly every bill the Senate considers until it becomes law.

The no-torture wording, which proponents say is supported by majorities in both houses of Congress, was included last month in the Senate's version of a defense spending bill. The measure's final form is being negotiated with the House, and the White House is pushing for either a rewording or deletion of the torture ban.

On Friday, at the urging of Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, the Senate by a voice vote added the ban to a related defense bill as a backup.

Speaking from the Senate floor, McCain said, "If necessary - and I sincerely hope it is not - I and the co-sponsors of this amendment will seek to add it to every piece of important legislation voted on in the Senate until the will of a substantial bipartisan majority in both houses of Congress prevails. Let no one doubt our determination."

The ban would establish the Army Field Manual as the guiding authority in interrogations and prohibit "cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment" of prisoners.

The Bush administration has sought to exempt the CIA from the ban.

McCain's stature in the fight is enhanced because he was tortured while he was a prisoner during the Vietnam War. When the Senate voted to include the ban in the defense spending bill last month, it was approved 90-9.

The House's version of the spending bill does not contain the torture ban. But Rep. John Murtha of Pennsylvania, the ranking Democrat on the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee, earlier this week urged his colleagues to accept the Senate provision.

The provision would reverse the Bush administration's contention that conditions placed on the treatment of prisoners of war in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and other international treaties signed by the United States do not apply to foreigners held overseas.

The prisoners "can, apparently, be treated inhumanely," McCain said. "This means that America is the only country in the world that asserts a legal right to engage in cruel and inhumane treatment."

Bush initially threatened to veto the "must-pass" spending bill for the Pentagon if it contained the Senate provision. Later, he sought simply to exempt the CIA from the ban. McCain called that proposal "totally unacceptable."



Opponents of the McCain language contend that setting no-torture ground rules would signal to prisoners that they have little to fear during interrogations, discouraging them from providing information.

Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita had said Thursday that prisoners captured during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq "know what we do by virtue of interrogation manuals and procedures, And they are trained to resist."

"So there's a perception that the kind of rigidity that comes with these kinds of amendments could restrict the president's flexibility in the global war on terror," DiRita said. "And anything that restricts our ability to engage this highly agile adversary is not desirable."



James 3:13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter envy and self-seeking in your hearts, do not boast and lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom does not descend from above, but is earthly, sensual, demonic. 16 For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. 18 Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

In Christ
Jeff


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 2005/11/8 16:12Profile









 Keep it up Bro Jeff

these are evil days indeed, and please please DON'T call me an "evangelical".......follower of Jesus...yes!! that's what I am, Praise God for His grace in saving a wretch like me.

neil

 2005/11/8 20:47
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 Re: Keep it up Bro Jeff

Br Neil wrote:

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DON'T call me an "evangelical".



This thougth brings to mind this Psalm 1.

Psa. 1:1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
4 The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
5 Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6 For the LORD knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.



The sinners of the congregation shall not stand with the righteous. The Constantinian Christian suffers from drought because he is not planted by the river of water. He instead chooses to dwell in the habitation of men.

I too have come to see Evangelical = Conservative = Lover of this world.


In Christ
Jeff


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As I have been contemplating the times in which we are in, this thought of boiling to the surface continues to occuppy my mind.

According to Scripture we are given examples in the OT of how God has given certain kings the spiritual gifts of knowledge and wisdom. King Solomon, Joshua, Hezekiah and others received commands from the Lord in the ways that they should minister to His people.

With this precept in mind, I then began to think of our current times. We know that those who govern have adopted a new philosophy of when we as a nation should make war. We now say that it is right to preemptively strike those people who are preceived to be a threat to our nation.

With this, the present kings and princes have told the people that Iraq had WMDs and was engaged with Osama Bin Laden in the support of terrorism. Now as the facts begin to boil to the surface we find that this is not true.

So looking at this situation from a Scriptural perspective, did God give these current kings and princes the spiritual gifts of knowledge and wisdom or did Satan promote a lie?

The word of God is the only means by which we can know our heart's condition. The word of God is the only means by which we can decern what is evil and what is good.

What do you see?

In Christ
Jeff


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What do you see?

LIGHT has no fellowship with DARKness!

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Oh! and I meant to say Amen to

2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

AMEN and AMEN and AMEN.

 2005/11/9 12:35
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Yesterday an Italian news agency released this testimony of what happened in Fallujah. This is the essences of war.

http://www.rainews24.rai.it/ran24/inchiesta/body.asp

Dan. 7:25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High,
Shall persecute the saints of the Most High,
And shall intend to change times and law.
Then the saints shall be given into his hand
For a time and times and half a time.

By what law do the kings and princes of this war live by? What is changing?

What do you see?

In Christ
Jeff


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IN HEAVENLY PLACES WITH JESUS

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``If something comes along that is truly serious, truly serious, something like a nuclear weapon going off in a major American city, or something like a major pandemic, you are going to see the ineptitude of this government in a way that will take you back to the Declaration of Independence,'' Wilkerson said in a speech Oct. 19 to the New America Foundation, a Washington research institute.



this is sobering and it is only a matter of time...it will be sooner than we think that something beyond 9-11 will occur here. let us fall on our faces and repent, repent and repent some more.


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U.S. Trade Deficit Hits High on Storms
Thursday November 10, 1:52 pm ET
By Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer
U.S. Trade Deficit Hits All-Time High of $66.1B; Storm-Related Jobless Claims Increase


WASHINGTON (AP) -- The trade deficit soared to a record in September as the Gulf Coast hurricanes helped push America's foreign oil bill to an all-time high. The politically sensitive deficit with China also set a record.

The Commerce Department reported Thursday that the deficit jumped to $66.1 billion in September, 11.4 percent higher than the $59.3 billion imbalance recorded in August. It was a far bigger increase than analysts had been expecting and reflected in part a record $23.8 billion in oil purchases as the price skyrocketed, reflecting widespread shutdowns of production facilities following hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

So far this year, the deficit is running at an annual rate of $706.4 billion. This puts the country on track to far surpass the old deficit record of $617.6 billion set last year and gives critics ammunition to argue that President Bush's trade policies are not working




The king and princes of this country go around the world trying to promote FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS. The nations around the world are beginning to reject what the U.S. is selling. Last week Latin America told our king to go home. This week we find that we have set a record deficit in trade with the world. Why is this occuring?

Here is one example.

The policies of the last 25 years have promoted free trade which removes tariffs for imported goods. The most appealing case before us is how this policy is changing our relationship with China.

U.S. Corporations have shutdown factories in the U.S. and moved their manufacturing to the provinces in China. Why? There are four reasons that have the same underlying goal of to maximize profits now. How do these corporations maximize their profit potential by moving to China?

First, by moving to China, the corporations save 90% of their costs associated with regulations regarding environmental and personnel issues. Secondly, the corporation seek to minimize labor costs. And thirdly, because of the free trade agreements, the products that are manufactured in China by U.S. Corporations are then allowed to be shipped back into the U.S with minimal tariffs. And finally, these same U.S. corporations do not pay taxes on profits as they are required to if the products were produced and sold here in the U.S.

So now China enjoys a trade surplus with the U.S. that is ever increasing. China then takes this surplus and buys from regional nations like Iran and its oil, Korea, India, and Japan. This event has begun to transform the Asian continent in terms of economic interests. China is establishing itself as the dominant economic and soon to follow political force in that part of the world. So what, one might say. The economic growth in Asia of 6 to 9 percent anually far exceeds the growth of Western Europe and the Americas.

Why is this happening? The king and princes worship mammon. The philosophies of man based on greed have blinded many with the wine of fornication with the Great whore Babylon. According to Scripture this wine makes drunk the masses. Drink this wine and wars will be fought.

Why do we fight in Iraq? Is it not to establish our presence in that part of the world? As the economy of China grows in sophistication so will it's demand for natural resources like oil. So where will the U.S. be in the next 25 years? Where will the military/industrial complex pick it's next fight?

Is there still hope? Does this stir your soul? Maybe some will come to know the peace that Abraham had when he looked upon the ground on which he stood and said to himself, " I am a pilgrim." "This world and its hopes have no hold on me." I have a heavenly country where my Savior waits for a time of refreshing and renewal.

In Christ
Jeff


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