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DailyKos | Col. Wilkerson: "Cheney Kept Some Things From the President"

We interviewed Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, the former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, on The Young Turks and he had some very interesting things to say. Including:

"Cheney was co-president.  I'd go further than that and say that for national security issues and other critical issues Cheney was the President."

"I found the incredible arrogance and lack of humility of the Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, to be stunning almost right off the bat."

Referring to the decision to abuse detainees:

"I don't think there's any question it goes to Cheney.  I'm increasingly of a mind that a lot of it goes to Cheney and stops there. Not just because of the president's disinclination to do detail, but I also think that Cheney kept some things from the president.

Interesting dynamic developing among the rats.  Note that Cheney seems to always make sure to implicate Bush in everything, even though he seems to word his statements in a way that suggests it was he who was really making the decisions, and that Bush may well have not known much of anything.

The Rumsfeld Bible thing makes me think of that.  My view has always been that Bush was more cynical than stupid.  Maybe he really was just a moron with Daddy issues.

Anyway, the Powell people like Wilkerson have clearly had enough of Cheney, and sadly they seem to be the only ones standing up to defend things like closing Gitmo and the like.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Fri May 22nd, 2009 at 08:30:46 PM EST
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