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CHENEY'S HAWKS 'HIJACKING POLICY'

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    CHENEY TAPS SYRIA HAWK AS ADVISER ON MIDEAST Marc Perelman, Forward, 10/31/03 http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.10.31/news2.wurmser.html Despite mounting
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 3, 2003
      CHENEY TAPS SYRIA HAWK AS ADVISER ON MIDEAST
      Marc Perelman, Forward, 10/31/03
      http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.10.31/news2.wurmser.html

      Despite mounting criticism of the administration's Iraq policy, Vice
      President Dick Cheney appears to be ratcheting up his commitment to
      the
      circle of neoconservative intellectuals who helped spearhead President
      Bush's war policy, adding one of its most controversial proponents to
      his
      national security staff in a little-noticed move last month.

      David Wurmser, a neoconservative scholar known for his close ties to
      the
      Israeli right, was appointed in mid-September to join the team led by
      Cheney's national security adviser, Lewis "Scooter" Libby. In recent
      years
      Wurmser, who boasts a complex network of relationships to a variety of
      pro-Likud think tanks and activist groups, has frequently written
      articles
      arguing for a joint American-Israeli effort to undermine the Syrian
      regime.

      Wurmser's appointment sheds light on the prominent role played by
      Cheney
      and his national security staff in shaping foreign policy and
      coincides
      with the deterioration in the relations between Washington and
      Damascus. In
      recent months, Washington has accused Syria of sheltering Iraqi
      leaders,
      weapons and money and of allowing terrorists into Iraq. The
      administration
      backed Israel's recent bombing of a suspected terrorist training camp
      in
      Syria and dropped its objections to a congressional bill that grants
      the
      president the right to impose sanctions on Damascus...

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      CHENEY'S HAWKS 'HIJACKING POLICY'
      Ritt Goldstein, Sydney Morning Herald, 10/30/03
      http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/10/29/1067233251576.html

      A former Pentagon officer turned whistleblower says a group of hawks
      in the
      Bush Administration, including the Vice-President, Dick Cheney, is
      running
      a shadow foreign policy, contravening Washington's official line.

      "What these people are doing now makes Iran-Contra [a Reagan
      administration
      national security scandal] look like amateur hour. . . it's worse than
      Iran-Contra, worse than what happened in Vietnam," said Karen
      Kwiatkowski,
      a former air force lieutenant-colonel.

      "[President] George Bush isn't in control . . . the country's been
      hijacked," she said, describing how "key [governmental] areas of
      neoconservative concern were politically staffed".

      Ms Kwiatkowski, who retired this year after 20 years service, was a
      Middle
      East specialist in the office of the Undersecretary of Defence for
      Policy,
      headed by Douglas Feith.

      She described "a subversion of constitutional limits on executive
      power and
      a co-optation through deceit of a large segment of the Congress",
      adding
      that "in order to take that first step - Iraq - lies had to be told to
      Congress to bring them on board".

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