By Lee Russ
Saturday, July 23, 2005 at 09:29 AM
What group of people was referred to as "the crazies" within the Bush Senior administration?Here's a quiz:
What group of people was referred to as "the crazies" within the Bush Senior administration?
Hint: they are all currently holding much higher positions in government than they were when labeled the crazies.
Hint: One of them is a heartbeat away from the presidency.
Hint: One of them runs the Iraq war.
Hint: One of them was a major theorist behind the Iraq war.
Answer: Cheney, Rumsefeld, and Wolfowitz.
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"By the end of the first Bush administration, others had come to the conclusion that Cheney and his followers were dangerous. "They were referred to collectively as the crazies," recalls Ray McGovern, a CIA professional who interpreted intelligence for presidents going back to Kennedy. Around the same time, McGovern remembers, Secretary of State James Baker and National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft counseled the elder President Bush, "Keep these guys at arm's length."
So, have these guys become less crazy, justifying their elevation to the top level of American power? Or has America become more "crazies"??
And if America has become more "crazies," how did that happen? Was it the liberal media and their liberal spin? Was it part of the homosexual agenda? Was it because of creeping socialism?
Or could it be that there really is a vast, right wing, network (arguably a conspiracy), largely coordinated by Rove and crew, with spokes shooting out to Paul Weyrich & the religious right, to Grover Norquist and the "kill the government" crowd, to the massively wealthy who control the energy corporations and much of the rest of American industry, and to Hannity, Novak, O'Reilly, Coulter, Malkin, Ailes, and the other keyboard patriots, all of whom receive the same talking points each day, all of whom repeat the same absolute garbage every day, all of whom benefit personally from their ties to the powerful every day, and all of whom paint themselves as good old salt of the earth everyman and everywoman, while sucking down expensive booze, playing neat little bedroom tricks, and mouthing allegence to Jesus all the way to the bank?
All hail the crazies, for they have converted the world to their cause and their illness.