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"Unitary Executive" Intelligence Statement

By The Reverend Published: January 15, 2008

According to this White House and to those who still support it (29%), there is only one branch of government in the United States....especially when we are at war.....and let's be fair here.....when AREN'T we?

The great scam of the current presidency has been to make us belieive we are now permanently at war. Through the phony repetitive use of one of the most ignorant bumper stickers ever, "war on terror"....with it's mandatory alphabetic nonsensical abbreviation...GWOT. My goodness, I get all disgusted again just typing the rube baiting stupidity. But I digress.

Geore W. Bush, never to be confused as an admirer of the "separate but equal" part of our 3-part-harmony, governmental set-up....has now taken his "unitary executive" theory to a whole new, and this time....bizarre...level.

In brief, the "unitary executive" theory (and that's all it is) says the president of the U.S. can do what he thinks is best when the nation is in a time of war....like Bush says we are in now. One of the few jobs of the American presidency is to be Commander in Chief of the military. According to the "new thinkers" of the Bush Bunch, that means that if America is on a war "footing", the president can violate laws, treaties, break the Constitution, deny guaranteed rights,....basically do anything he wants to do, unimpeded, as long as the REASON he is doing so is STATED as PROTECTING the country in a time of war.

See now why the GWOT had to be repetitively called "The Long War"? Suffice it to say that on this one concept alone, Bush and Cheney should both be impeached from office.....but that dog won't hunt....so let me move on.

It seems that along with the Constitution, inconvenient laws, those pesky Congressional oversight folks, and fundamental truth-telling.....George W. Bush has decided to now simply reject anything and everything he might find that he disagrees with.....no matter the reason. Like this for example.....

In private meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert this week, Newsweek reports that President Bush disowned the U.S. intelligence community’s judgments:

"But in private conversations with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert last week, the president all but disowned the document, said a senior administration official who accompanied Bush on his six-nation trip to the Mideast. “He told the Israelis that he can’t control what the intelligence community says, but that [the NIE’s] conclusions don’t reflect his own views” about Iran’s nuclear-weapons program, said the official, who would discuss intelligence matters only on the condition of anonymity." Link

On the front end of the Iraq crime came the "stovepiped", "cherry picked", "Office of Special Plans", "intelligence" Bush/Cheney desired. On the front end of what Bush/Cheney hopes to be an attack on Iran....yet another crime in the making.....is now a rejection of intelligence altogether. The National Intelligence Estimate for Iran does not state what George wanted it to state.....which was, of course, ATTACK THEM NOW. Because it didn't come to that conclusion, Bush Junior just dismisses it as if it had never been done. Like he did with the Baker-Hamilton report about Iraq.

What Bush/Cheney is doing is extending it's "unitary executive" nonsense to all of reality. If intelligence is not what you, as president, wanted it to be....and the nation is on a war "footing" already.....just reject or ignore the findings. Just as Bush has done with Congressional oversight and reporting regulations. Just as Bush has done with habeas, torture, rendition, treaties, etc. Just as Bush has done with truth, itself.

It's as if George W. Bush, after reading the NIE detailing Iran's capabilities, pulled a new "signing statement" out of his desk drawer and signed his name to it. In so doing, alleviating himself (in his own mind) from having to conduct himself according to the findings. His excuse? We're at war. The president cannot be restricted by anything during a time of war.

George W. Bush is, as many have said, the ultimate narcissist. Everything is about him. Empirical reality is rejected by this man if he doesn't like it.

No, George "can't control what the intelligence community says"....that's true....but he can reject what they say if he doesn't like it....and with Cheney and Addington banging the Iran war drums still.....Junior is telling the world he has already decided that he can ignore any further intelligence findings.....of any kind.....because we are at war.

The only question left is.....can the U.S. avoid another Bush/Cheney induced world catastrophe in the next 11 months?

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