Wednesday, November 17, 2004

In his second term, Bush does not plan on tolerating dissent.

Why you're right:

1. Dissenting views will not be heard now that Colin Powell is gone. Talk about Rice’s appointment as Secretary of State has not been about her diplomatic abilities, but about her closeness to the President. His policies are her policies, and her appointment confirms that President Bush is intent on stifling dissent (even when the dissent turns out to be correct). Rice and Bush are so close that she at one time mistakenly referred to him as her “husband.” (Washington Post, BBC, Guardian)

2. Bush wants dissenters rooted out of the CIA. Porter Goss, Bush’s recent appointee to head of the CIA, sent out an e-mail to CIA employees telling them that their job is to “support the administration and its policies in our work.” This e-mail followed an order by the White House for Goss to purge the agency of officers believed to have been disloyal to George W. Bush or of leaking damaging information to the media about the conduct of the Iraq war and the hunt for Osama bin Laden.” Employees at the Penton are amused and cheering the shake-up at the CIA, since they were also annoyed by the dissents from CIA operatives. (Washington Post, Newsday, Washington Times)

3. Bush expects Europe, not the United States, to cooperate more. The world now must clean up the mess in Iraq that the Bush Administration started. NATO Chief Japp de Hoop Scheffer recognizes that the world “cannot see Iraq go up in flames” and believes that Europe must catch up with the United States in recognizing the danger of terrorism. But, perhaps they should not exactly take the course of the Bush Administration, who “found” weapons of mass destruction and ties to al-Qaeda in Iraq, where none existed. (Agence France-Presse)

Why they’re wrong:

Since Bush’s election to a second term, he hasn’t given any indication that he’s willing to compromise to create a consensus or recognize the half of the country who voted against him. The nominations of Rice, Hadley, and Gonzalez solidify his “I’m right” approach, ensuring that his second term will be more of the same, splitting the country even more.