Today, on To the Point with Warren Olney, a show carried on many public radio stations around the country, I debate Lawrence Wilkerson, who was Secretary Powell’s Chief of Staff and who wrote this op-ed in the LA Times saying that vital foreign policy decisions have been made by a “a secretive, little-known cabal.”
You know, secretive, little known individuals like Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld who ought to shut up when career bureaucrats and diplomats — like Joseph Wilson IV — are speaking.
Wilkerson also charges that Condi Rice “was simply steamrolled by this cabal” (a little sexist and racist, wouldn’t you say?) and he implies that President Bush was often left out of the loop. (On what basis? No clue.)
Also implicit in his op-ed and remarks is the implication that the Cheney/Rumsfeld cabal violated the 1947 National Security Act. That’s simply not true. The act is meant to coordinate government agencies and serve the President. It is not meant to limit the President’s powers and it certainly doesn’t set up a new and co-equal branch of government with veto powers over presidential decisions.
The MSM is now tying Wilkerson’s critiques to the Wilson/Plame affair. The connection is tenuous but they’re managing to make it.
The show airs at 10 PM in DC.