Friday, March 02, 2007

New State Department Appointment More of the Same

The newest Bush appointee is being marketed as a break in the administration’s "monotonous conformity" in international relations. Secretary Rice’s appointment of Eliot Cohen as senior aide supposedly will infuse new thought into the stumbling, bumbling White House world of international affairs.

The problem is Mr. Cohen’s pedigree comes straight from the cabal that produced the Iraq war, has us saber rattling in Iran and developing our own brand spanking new nuclear weapon as we tell the world “no, no, hand’s off our goodies”. That’s right, Mr. Cohen is a founder of the Project for the New American Century.

Recognize any other names? John Bolton, Jeb Bush, Dick Cheney, Lewis Libby, Zalmay Khalilzad, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz amongst many more.

The most recent PNAC document Mr. Cohen signed requested a much larger military. Might this help him in his new State Department role? If you are going to negotiate, it helps to carry a big stick.

What happened to honest, ethical, straight forward leaders? There is nothing strategically new, unique or different about Mr. Cohen. His ability to recognize and call out incompetence will soon evaporate given his insider appointment. So we have another monotonously conforming PNAC bobblehead…

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