White House Subverts Democratically Elected Government

“Iraq After Jaafari,” by Tony Karon, Time, 20 April 2006, http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1185825,00.html (from No More Mister Nice Blog).

This is so bad that it’s almost hilarious.

Ngo Dinh Diem Jean Baptiste
January 3, 1910 – November 2, 1963
President of the Republic of Viet Nam

Because of inaction by his “ally” John Kennedy, the democratically elected President of Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, was murdered in a military coup. The echoes of this would shatter America’s morale in Vietnam. While future Vietnamese Presidents came and went, all remembered that the weak and gimped defense of its friend, Ngo Dinh Diem.

President Bush, in one of his increasingly Kennedyesque moments, may have just sabotaged the Iraq War in the same way:

Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari announced Thursday that he would refer his nomination for a second term back to the United Iraqi Alliance, the dominant Shi’ite bloc in the new legislature. That opens the way for the Alliance to select a new candidate and break the deadlock created by the refusal of the Kurdish, Sunni and secular blocs, backed by the U.S., to accept a second Jaafari term.

Sistani may have also been spurred to intervene by ominous talk in Baghdad that a group of secular, once-exiled politicians previously favored by the U.S. were planning to seize power and seek U.S. backing. Former U.S.-appointed Prime Minister Iyad Allawi suggested on Iraqi TV last weekend that Iraqi political leaders, despite being marginalized by the Iraqi electorate, might have to create an extra-constitutional “emergency government.” One of his key allies, acting speaker of parliament Adnan Pachachi, told reporters that such a government would not be based either on the constitution or on the election results — results, he claimed, which didn’t necessarily reflect the true will of the Iraqi people . Such a move would likely provoke a violent Shi’ite reaction, if not full-scale civil war, which the moderate Sistani would be anxious to avoid.

Bush has been trying to marginalize the democratic government of Iraq for months now, and this is a new step. By pushing out Jaafari, who successfully turned the Mahdi Army against al Sadr, Bush moves us even closer to the Terrorists in Iraq and away from the loyalty forces that are the keys to victory.

Threatening our allies with a coup is sickening. Doing so to stop the outcome of a free election is worse. Trusting Bush with Phase IV operations in Iraq has been disastrous.

President Bush’s first term — including beginning our response to the Long War, the liberation of Afghanistan, the liberation of Iraq (including the disbanding of Iraq’s Army) — will go down as one of the greatest in American history. With the sole exceptions of John Roberts and Samuel Alito, Bush’s second term thus far is one of the worst.

CIA Subverts Democratically Elected Government

Failed Mutiny?,” by Jimmy Chuang and Rich Chang, Taipei Times, 22 March 2006, page 1, http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2006/03/22/2003298577 (from The Korea Liberator).

C.I.A. Fires Senior Officer Over Leaks,” by David Johnston and Scott Shane, New York Times, 22 April 2006, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/22/washington/22leak.html (from Just One Minute, hat-tip to Larwyn).

During the run-up to the Iraq War, remember how the neocons kept claiming that the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department are subverting our elected government.

Well, they were right.

State: Check
CIA: Check

And surprise, surprise, the latest ne’er-do-well is a Kerry supporter.

According to the NYT

The Central Intelligence Agency has dismissed a senior career officer for disclosing classified information to reporters, including material for Pulitzer Prize-winning articles in The Washington Post about the agency’s secret overseas prisons for terror suspects, intelligence officials said Friday.

And from the blogs:

The Times notes that Ms. McCarthy made the max $2,000 contribution to John Kerry in 2004, but so did Sue; what the Times missed (but Rick didn’t) is that Ms. McCarthy also appears to have given $500 to the DNC in 2004. Ghostcat found a $2,000 contribution to Kerry from the presumed hubby, Michael J McCarthy; and I have found a $5,000 contribution to the Ohio democratic party in 2004…

That senior security officials are breaking the law to prevent stymie democratic government’s actions would be disturbing in any country. It was disturbing when it happened in France, it’s was disturbing when it almost happened in Taiwan, it’s disturbing that it’s happening now.

Like Taiwan with their KMT, America is lucky than the leadership of her opposition, the Democrat Party, isn’t actively treasonous. The KMT turned down potential military backing to overthrow the elected President, just as John Kerry dismissed Sandy Berger.

Still, Democrats should be ashamed that so many in their party are working against our government, our interests, and our war.