[Marxism] GOP throws Reich at Bolton bashers

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Thu May 12 11:11:05 MDT 2005

(The resurrection of Otto Reich, whose departure from the
Bush administration was never really explained is a sign
of the times. It reflects the deep interaction between 
the Cuban-American exile militants and the presidency of
George W. Bush. These are the same forces which welcome
terrorists like Posada and Bosch into the United States.
Domestic terrorism in the United States has a long record,
particularly in Miami where Cuban militants have gotten
away, literally, with murder. And we're not even talking
about assassination in the United States such as that of
Orlando Letelier and Ronni Moffit, which you can read of
in Saul Landau and John Dinges MURDER ON EMBASSY ROW.


Otto Reich: "John Bolton vs. the Moral Cowards" (WSJ) 

GOP throws Reich at Bolton bashers
May 12, 2005


Janice O'Connell, the veteran Democratic staff expert on Western Hemisphere
affairs, acted as though she were seeing an apparition at 2:30 p.m. last
Friday. She was present with other Senate Foreign Relations Committee
staffers to question unfavorable witnesses about Under secretary of State
John Bolton, President Bush's nominee to be ambassador to the United
Nations. But outside the Dirksen Office Building's Room 419 appeared her
archenemy: Otto Reich, coming not to bury Bolton, but to praise him.

O'Connell is only an aide to Sen. Christopher Dodd, but her effectiveness in
making life difficult for enemies of Fidel Castro is legendary. She was
largely responsible for blocking confirmation of Bush's 2001 nomination of
Reich as assistant secretary of state for western hemisphere affairs.
Friday, Reich hoped to have his appearance before the Foreign Relations
staffers become the hearing that Dodd and O'Connell had denied him. Even
with Republicans in nominal control of the committee, however, Reich's
complaint about the character assassination directed against him then and
against Bolton now was removed from the record.

The anti-Bolton campaign is about far more than the nominee's sometimes
prickly personality. Senate Democrats, with clandestine support from State
Department and CIA careerists, wage war on foes of normalizing relations
with Castro's Cuba. Uncomprehending Republicans are passive. Bolton's
confirmation has been delayed for weeks, and nobody is certain that
Republican senators will stay together today to send his nomination out of
committee on a straight party-line vote.

O'Connell and the committee's Democratic chief counsel, Brian McKeon, had
not expected Reich to be present Friday. ''Are you a volunteer?'' McKeon
asked Reich, who replied he had been invited by the committee's Republican

The dialogue was fierce and loud, once Reich's testimony began. Reich said
that the systematic leaking of derogatory information about Bolton reminds
him of O'Connell in 2001 putting out accusations made in supposedly secret
interviews. ''That's irrelevant!'' O'Connell responded, moving that Reich's
comments be stricken from the record. She moved that Reich be ruled out of
order, and she usually gets her way inside the committee. Paul Foldi, the
senior GOP staffer, ordered the comments, for which Reich had waited four
years, be erased.

Reich's appearance was not the only mishap for the anti-Bolton campaign.
Jamie Miscik was part of the CIA's left-of-center cadre as DDI (deputy
director of intelligence), until the new CIA director, Porter Goss, got her
resignation in March. Miscik was supposed to confirm that Bolton had
harassed and damaged NIO (National Intelligence Officer) Fulton Armstrong by
being asked how Armstrong was affected by Bolton's attempt to remove him
from an assignment.

''In your opinion,'' asked Foldi, ''did the NIO suffer professionally as a
result of this?'' Replied Miscik: ''No, not over this. No.'' Foldi: ''Over
anything else?'' Miscik: ''Yeah, I think there are some other issues there
that I can't go into.'' That undermined the attack on Bolton.

Whatever damage Bolton did to Armstrong professionally could not even
compare with Reich's testimony that the analyst's work was considered subpar
throughout the national security bureaucracy. That fits complaints I have
heard from Reagan administration officials about Armstrong's left-wing bias
on Western Hemisphere questions in general, but particularly on Cuba.

Cuba is the theme that runs through the ordeal of John Bolton. The
Dodd-O'Connell team's indictment of Bolton is based on taking issue with his
accusations that Castro is building a biological warfare capability. Col.
Larry Wilkerson, Colin Powell's former chief of staff, who has suddenly
emerged as a Bolton-basher, in May 2004 called U.S. sanctions against Castro
the ''dumbest policy on the face of the earth.''

A few Republican senators appear really to accept the fiction that they are
jurors in a fair trial who should slowly make up their minds about Bolton.
In truth, the Democrats are in a full attack mode, while their staffers try
to collect ammunition. Otto Reich performed another selfless service in
showing up and trying to expose the sham.

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