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Monday, November 15, 2004


Secretay of State Colin Powell has submitted his resignation.

To understand the meaning of this event, it is necessary to look at the purge of the CIA ordered by the White House.

The two events together give a warning that a neo-conservative coup d'etat is under way to get rid of people who do not share the neo-con ideology. Final proof of this assertion must await the President's naming of a new secretary of state. If the new holder of that office is a neo-con, then the coup is well under way!

The neo-cons have long resented that CIA and State have questioned and opposed their ideological doctrines, leading to one of the major splits in the Bush Administration. At the heart of the disagreement is the war on terrorism and the invasion of Iraq. The neo-cons have presented this disagreement as a sign of disloyalty to the President by State and CIA, and they have sold Bush on that idea.

These two moves mark the ascendancy of Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, and Perle. They also instill the worry that President Bush may squander his victory and its political capital by pursuing foreign policy goals of intervention, conquest, and an anti-Muslim crusade.

Many of President Bush's supporters hoped that his second term would see a decline in the influence of the neo-cons.

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