Thursday, May 03, 2012

They're Baaack

They never really left. Obama was the Bush mob's third term, just sort of a temporary interim respite team.

Dubya Is Back

"Former President George W Bush has been strangely silent in this GOP election cycle. Mitt Romney has neither asked for or received his endorsement.

Maybe that's why Americans seem to have missed the announcement that many of George W.'s pro-war, Israel-first neoconservative advisers, the same ones who gave us bomb Afghanistan and the Iraq war with no WMDs, are now Mitt Romney's closest policy advisers.

If you enjoyed Dubya's premptive first strike foreign policy, you're going to like Mitt Romney.

Twenty-three of Romney's most senior advisers formerly advised G.W. Bush. Many of them held key decision-making positions within the Bush-Cheney administration.

In fact, Mitt Romney has compiled an inner circle of private advisers that reads like a who's who of pro-Israel, pro-war neocons, most of them veterans of Bush's ill-fated foreign policy wreckage.

They include Robert Kagan, the hard-line founder of the Project for a New American Century (Romney's foreign policy white paper is named "A New American Century"); Eliot Cohen, who agitated for the American conquest of Iraq and Iran as early as 2002; and staff advisers to Paul Bremer, the failed American "viceroy" in charge of the disastrous Iraqi military and government transition in the first months following the US invasion.

Who can forget John Bolton, Dubya's walrus-mustached UN ambassador? You won't have to because he's back, and he's advising Mitt Romney.

Michael Chertoff, Bush's Secretary of Homeland Security and champion of airport full body scanners and TSA security techniques, is one of the more recognizable names on Romney's adviser team.

Meghan O'Sullivan, who was deputy national security adviser on Iraq and Afghanistan under Bush, is now advising team Romney.

The notorious Bush appointee Cofer Black, former Vice Chairman of Blackwater, also advises Mitt Romney.

Other prominent Bush-Cheney/Mitt Romney policy advisers include former NSA chief and CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden, the Bush appointee who recommended ignoring Congress and constitutional law forbidding warrant-less surveillance of domestic calls, in order to enable Bush to spy on Americans at home.

What really ought to concern American citizens is that Romney chose not to distance himself from the Bush-Cheney war policy czars, but instead he chose to embrace them.

This is probably why Romney's entire foreign policy thrust consists of projecting American power globally - at any price.

Judging from his lineup of close trusted advisers what Americans will expect from a Romney presidency is a replay of the Bush-Cheney foreign policy disasters, including many of the same faces.

Isn't it great in life when we get the opportunity to repeat our mistakes yet another time?"


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