Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Did Bush Make Brownie a Weapons Inpector Too?

Chimpyco have been severely harming national security by pushing out qualified weapons experts and replacing them with unqualified cronies.

State Department sees exodus of weapons experts

Knight Ridder: State Department officials appointed by President Bush have sidelined key career weapons experts and replaced them with less experienced political operatives who share the White House and Pentagon's distrust of international negotiations and treaties.

The reorganization of the department's arms control and international security bureaus was intended to help it better deal with 21st-century threats. Instead, it's thrown the agency into turmoil and produced an exodus of experts with decades of experience in nuclear arms, chemical weapons and related matters, according to 11 current and former officials and documents obtained by Knight Ridder.

The reorganization was conducted largely in secret by a panel of four political appointees. A career expert was allowed to join the group only after most decisions had been made. Its work was overseen by Frederick Fleitz, a CIA officer who was detailed to the State Department as senior adviser to former Undersecretary of State John Bolton, a critic of arms agreements and international organizations. (...)

The process has been gravely flawed from the outset, and smacks plainly of a political vendetta against career Foreign Service and Civil Service (personnel) by political appointees," a group of employees told Undersecretary of State for Management Henrietta Fore on Dec. 9, according to notes prepared for the meeting.

A dozen State Department employees delivered a rare written dissent to Fore and W. Robert Pearson, the director general of the Foreign Service, on Oct. 11. Some also sought, but failed to get, a stay from the Justice Department to stop the plan. (...)

Much more than personnel disputes are at stake, said the officials who are critical of the changes. (...)

Among those who have left is the State Department's top authority on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the cornerstone of the international regime to curb the spread of nuclear arms.

"We had a great group of people. They are highly knowledgeable experts," said former Assistant Secretary of State John Wolf, who frequently clashed with Bolton. "To the extent they now are leaving State Department employ, or U.S. government employ, it's a real loss to State Department. It's a real loss to the government." (...)

More broadly, the clash is the culmination of a generation-old battle over arms control. (...)

Bush has demanded maximum presidential flexibility on national security matters, avoiding major new arms treaties and pushing the limits of executive power on issues from domestic eavesdropping to the treatment of terrorism suspects. (...)

An inquiry by Knight Ridder has found evidence that the reorganization was highly politicized and devastated morale:

-Thomas Lehrman, a political appointee who heads the new office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism, advertised outside the State Department to fill jobs in his office. In an e-mail to universities and research centers, a copy of which was obtained by Knight Ridder, he listed loyalty to Bush and Rice's priorities as a qualification. (...)
Besides the fact that our State Dept is now filled with a bunch of political hacks doing a "heck of a job" no doubt, these last few paragraphs point to the more major problem at hand.
Key arms-control issues since President Bush took office:

The Bush administration's arms control policies began with a refusal to submit a global treaty to ban underground nuclear-test blasts indefinitely for Senate ratification.

The administration withdrew the United States from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and blocked international efforts to conclude a pact on verifying compliance with a global biological-weapons ban.

The administration also rejected a mechanism for verifying that the United States and Russia are adhering to a 2002 accord to cut deployed nuclear warheads, has embraced new uses for nuclear arms and is spending billions modernizing and improving the U.S. arsenal.
Chimpyco continues to trash long-standing international agreements like the ABM treaty, refusing to ban nuclear testing, blocking the global biological weapons ban and rejecting key terms of the Non-Proliferation Treaty that requires us and Russia to cut back on our nukes, how the fuck can they with a straight face try and say Iran is violating the NPT?

To be clear, Iran is guaranteed "the inalienable right" under the NPT to pursue peaceful uses of nuclear technology and there has been no proof thus far that they have done anything but that. But there is proof that the US is disregarding its end of the deal, as per the PNAC master plan being pushed through by ex-PNAC director John Bolton.

Read the NPT for yourself...
Article IV
1. Nothing in this Treaty shall be interpreted as affecting the inalienable right of all the Parties to the Treaty to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination and in conformity with articles I and II of this Treaty.

2. All the Parties to the Treaty undertake to facilitate, and have the right to participate in, the fullest possible exchange of equipment, materials and scientific and technological information for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Parties to the Treaty in a position to do so shall also cooperate in contributing alone or together with other States or international organizations to the further development of the applications of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, especially in the territories of non-nuclear-weapon States Party to the Treaty, with due consideration for the needs of the developing areas of the world.
By refusing to abide by the same set of rules that they are demanding Iran abide by, they are forcing Iran down a road towards getting nuclear weapons. Iran has little choice but to get nukes under this type of a policy. And why wouldn't they? Just look at India and Pakistan. They were rogue states the US had little to do with until they went and got nukes. Then the US overlooked all other differences and became allies with both of them. Obviously getting nukes is the path to peaceful negotiations with the US.

That was just a taste.
More in an upcoming post about Iran and the real reason we will soon be bombing them, which has nothing to do with their pursuit of nukes. It's all about the oil and the money.

If you want, google 'Iran oil bourse' to get a taste of where I'll be going in the mean time. The reat of the world knows what is coming and why, but our msm keeps ignoring it completely, choosing instead to parrot Condi's lies so they can justify the upcoming attacks.


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