In Rumsfeld's Shop

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    I'm not sure if this would belong under this forum, so if it needs to be moved to a more appropriate forum please do so.

    This is a 3 part article written by someone who worked in the pentagon for 20+ years. And she is a republican, she writes for militaryweek.com.

    Ask yourself why our crooked media does not have this woman on any of the cable news shows.

    In Rumsfeld's Shop

    A senior Air Force officer watches as the neocons consolidate their Pentagon coup.

    Lt. Col. Karen Kwiatkowski recently retired from the U.S. Air Force. Her final posting was as an analyst at the Pentagon. Below is the first of three installments describing her experience there. They provide a unique view of the Department of Defense during a period of intense ideological upheaval, as the United States prepared to launch—for the first time in its history—a "preventive" war.

    In early May 2002, I was looking forward to retirement from the United States Air Force in about a year. I had a cushy job in the Pentagon's Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, International Security Affairs, Sub-Saharan Africa.

    In the previous two years, I had published two books on African security issues and had passed my comprehensive doctoral exams at Catholic University. I was very pleased with the administration's Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sub-Saharan Africa, former Marine and Senator Helms staffer Michael Westphal, and was ready to start thinking about my dissertation and my life after the military.

    When Mike called me in to his office, I thought I was getting a new project or perhaps that one of my many suggestions of fun things to do with Africa policy had been accepted. But the look on his face clued me in that this was going to be one of those meetings where somebody wasn't leaving happy. After a quick rank check, I had a good idea which one it would be.

    There was a position in Near East South Asia (NESA) that they needed to fill right away. I wasn't interested. They phrased the question another way: "We have been tasked to send a body over to Bill Luti. Can we send you?" I resisted—until I slowly guessed that in true bureaucratic fashion and can-do military tradition my name had already been sent over. This little soirée in Mike's office was my farewell.

    I went back to my office and e-mailed a buddy in the Joint Staff. Bob wrote back, "Write down everything you see." I didn't do it, but these most wise words from a trusted friend proved the first of three omens I would soon receive.

    Read more here:http://www.militaryweek.com/kk120103.shtml
     
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    Very boring article that really, says nothing.
     
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    Seems to me this is a rant series of articles. In #2, there is this self-reported bias going on, which accounts for her 'take' in events:

    More is found at the opening of the 3rd article:

    Later, she is surprised she is not 'court martialed', but notes what 'happens to dissidents', shock! They get moved, not jailed, hung, or fired!

    The rest goes into 'conspiracy theory' of the likes of Bill Kristol and others visiting. Really, too weird!
     
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    this is actually a repost that was put up here sometime in January I believe. Every pro-war conservative either embraced the neo-conservatism in it or steered well clear calling it an article by a 'disgruntled employee'.
     
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    Sorry for the repost. :dunno:

    I just found it pretty interesting to share.
     
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    :rotflmao:

    Old news and hardly the holy grail you anti-Bush folks are seeking.

    The part that gave me a chuckle was the characterization of a Lieutenant Colonel as "as senior Air Force officer". That's a hoot. An LTC is hardly considered "senior", especially in the rank-heavy Air Force.

    And at the Pentagon, they use LTCs as door stops.
     

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