Monday, November 15, 2004

The Makeover continues...

4 more cabinet members resign, including one of the only rational voices in the administration, Colin Powell. Apparently, this is viewed upon by Bush as an opportunity to centralize power and give Cheney and Rove more power.

Meanwhile the CIA is being asked to purge itself of any disloyal (ie, democratic) voices in the agency:

"The agency is being purged on instructions from the White House," said a former senior CIA official who maintains close ties to both the agency and to the White House. "Goss was given instructions ... to get rid of those soft leakers and liberal Democrats. The CIA is looked on by the White House as a hotbed of liberals and people who have been obstructing the president's agenda."

Voices of dissent are being squelched... or, as Josh Marshall puts it:

"Another way to put it is that the folks who were always wrong and often catastrophically wrong are rooting out the folks who were often right and sometimes somewhat wrong. The answer to politicized intelligence, it turns out, is a more thorough politicization of intelligence and the elimination of those who resisted political pressure."

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