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Monday, February 27, 2006

 

Ruth Ann and Rummy

Today George Bush told the US Governors Conference that he had three pronged strategy for fighting terrorism:

1) Spying on US citizens ("Ask the NSA for details" he told the governors!!!)
2) Take it to the enemy that lurks
3) Press on with the Freedom & Democracy Crusade

The governors politely clapped. I didn't hear any laughter, but why not? - Via TPM Cafe


Good question. The Governors are also meeting with Don Rumsfeld. Here is what I'd like Ruth Ann to ask Mr. Rumsfeld.

"Why did you throw out the Powell Doctrine when you took office?" If I had a follow up I would ask, "Don't you think that running through these questions posed by the Powell Doctrine would have been a good idea before attacking a random country in order to satisfy George Bush's vanity?

Is a vital national security interest threatened?
Do we have a clear attainable objective?
Have the risks and costs been fully and frankly analyzed?
Have all other non-violent policy means been fully exhausted?
Is there a plausible exit strategy to avoid endless entanglement?
Have the consequences of our action been fully considered?
Is the action supported by the American people?
Do we have genuine broad international support?

Comments:
Please don't rely on Ruth Ann to ask too many questions. Please be fair and recognize her limitations.
 
My hopes were not high.
 
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