[Marxism] James Petras on ruling class divisions over Plamegate

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Nov 3 10:27:01 MST 2005


The CIA is deeply offended by the neocon usurpation of their intelligence 
role, their direct channels to the President, their loyalty to Israel. The 
military is extremely angry at their exclusion from the councils of 
government over questions of war, the disastrous war policy which have 
depleted the armed forces of recruits, devastated troop morale, and the 
neocons' grotesque ignorance of the costs of a colonial occupation. It is 
no wonder that General Tommy Frank referred to Douglas Feith as "the 
stupidest bastard I have ever met."

The current institutional war recalls an earlier conflict between the 
rightwing Senator Joseph McCarthy and the Defense Department. At the time 
during the mid 1950's, Senator McCarty was accumulating power first by 
purging trade unions, Hollywood, the universities, and promoting likeminded 
conservative officials. He successfully extended his investigations and 
purges to the State Department and finally tried to do the same to the 
military. It was here that Senator McCarthy met his Waterloo, his attack 
backfired, the Army stood its ground, refuted his accusations and 
discredited his fabrications and grab for power.

full: http://www.counterpunch.org/petras11032005.html

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