May 07, 2005

Department of Beltway Machinations

Er, is it just me; or does someone want to keep his bona fides with POTUS on the up and up so as to be well positioned to replace Rummy?

Well, it's not just me (see point No. 3)...

P.S. I'd ship Bolton up to USUN as a trade for Armitage replacing Rumsfeld. Any. Day. Of. The. Week.

Posted by Gregory at May 7, 2005 02:20 AM | TrackBack (39)

Armitage's "endorsement" of Bolton was as weak as it could possibly be. He didn't say what Bolton was "eminently qualified" for.....and most importantly, when asked if Bolton was "a good choice", he simply refused to answer the direct question with a direct answer.

(the fact that you cite's take on this is pretty sad, considering the fact that the site appears to be in complete denial regarding Armitage's efforts to undermine the Bolton nomination.)

As to the idea of Armitage replacing Rummy, dream on. There is no way in hell that Cheney would allow that to happen at this point. Armitage "endorsed" Bolton because unlike Colin Powell, he can't get seven figure advances for his memoirs, and is dependent upon the largesse of right wing think tanks to maintain his lifestyle. A few words from Cheney or Rove to Armitage's sponsors would mean that his future employment prospects would include night-manager at a 7-11.... and so Armitage did the "good soldier" routine, and said nice things about Bolton.

Posted by: p.lukasiak at May 7, 2005 08:50 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

So Army's endorsement is aka keeping "Bono-fides on the up and up"?

And you want Rummy replaced? How do you think you got this gig - Z Man?

Posted by: Tommy G at May 7, 2005 10:42 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink in agreement with p.lukasiak: cheney has been running this show since it hit wdc.

now, when cheney is 44...

Posted by: Doc at May 7, 2005 11:51 PM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

Hmm. It seems to me that what Armitage said is his position on Bolton is what I have said is my position on Bolton. I don't expect to be in the running for Secretary of Defense when Rumsfeld leaves, and Armitage probably doesn't either.

My guess is that Dep Sec England moves up whenever Rumsfeld decides to move on. But that's only a guess.

Posted by: JEB at May 8, 2005 03:06 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

BDs gut dislike for Rumsfeld causes it to miss the critical ingredients he brings to the table: Rumsfeld is smart, loyal, and incorruptible. He does not need another job or a related source of income when he finally leaves as SecDef. He can therefore be true to his president and the mission hes been given.

SOCOM is ascendant, the Marines remain steadfast and prepared, the Army is on its way to being fixed, and the Navy has religion. Hes finally reining in the Air Force and is close to getting the Zoomies with the program.

I understand where p.lukasiak is coming from, but Rove and Cheney have two different perspectives, with the former working the political strategy and the latter worrying about effectiveness, politics be damned.

Posted by: The Kid at May 8, 2005 03:16 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink

I was about to say: don't be so obtuse - we're talking about your "shared" distaste for Donald.

But the Kid did it better. Hmm, indeed.

Posted by: Tommy G at May 9, 2005 04:11 AM | Permalink to this comment Permalink
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