down memory lane: the Clinton years and George the 2nd

Posted on Wednesday 29 November 2006

Don’t you know these guys were ticked off when Clinton got elected and stayed in office for eight years? They did everything in their power to shut him dowm. Clinton’s focus was on a different axis, the growing Terrorist Organizations in the Middle East. The Reagan/Bush refugees were outraged that he was worried about Al Qaeda. They sulked in their American Enterprise Institute meetings and wrote articles about the dangers of Iraq and Iran [and Clinton]. They formed the Project for the New American Century to revive their Reagan American Dominionist trajectory. And then along came George the 2nd with his trusty sidekick, Karl Rove,who had figured out how to con the Religious Right, and their formula for success came together.

I guess I thought they’d played into Al Qaeda’s hands, going to war with Iraq after 911. I think I had it backwards. Osama Bin Laden played into theirs, giving them an excuse to carry on with their interventionist schemes.

What do I think? I think it’s really hard to make friends when you’re always messing around with other people’s business. That’s what I think.

Here are some highlights of the principals…

  Reagan George I Clinton George II
George H.W. Bush Vice President President retired Presidential Dad
Dick Cheney Congress: Minority Whip Secretary of Defense
Vice President
Donald Rumsfeld
  • President’s General Advisory Committee on Arms Control
  • President Reagan’s Special Envoy
  • President Reagan’s Panel on Strategic Systems
  • U.S. Joint Advisory Commission on U.S./Japan Relations
  • President Reagan’s Special Envoy to the Middle East
Secretary of Defense
Paul Wolfowitz Director of Policy Planning, U.S. State Department Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
Deputy Secretary of Defense
Scooter Libby Policy Planning Staff, U.S. State Department Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy
Chief of Staff, Vice President
John Bolton Assistant Attorney General
Ambassador to the U.N.
Douglas Feith Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security A Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm policy recommendations for Benjamin Netanyahu. Office of Special Plans
Michael Ledeen Go-between Iran Contra A.E.I., Freedom Fellow
Richard Perle Assistant Secretary of Defense for international security policy Defense Policy Board Advisory Committee

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