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Insider Report: Bolton CIA Critic Blasted Bush Policies

Friday, 29 April 2005 12:00 AM

1. Bolton CIA Critic Once Blasted Bush Cuba Policies

President Bush's nominee for the U.N. ambassadorship, John Bolton, is under fire for politicizing intelligence, particularly when it comes to the danger posed by Cuba.

And one of his main accusers is Fulton Armstrong, a career CIA officer.

But Armstrong has his own "politicized" ideas about the Bush administration's anti-Castro policy.

In fact, Armstrong says America's anti-Castro policy has nothing to do with the fact Castro runs one of the most repressive regimes in the world; it has to do with campaign contributions coming from Cuban Americans to the Republican party.

Writing in an internal CIA Journal in 2002 (one that has been declassified and available through the CIA's web site) Armstrong, a career officer in the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence and a member of the National Intelligence Council, criticized U.S. policy: 

"You do not have to be a cynic to see a link between Cuba policy, Florida elections, and campaign finances. Most observers judge that the chance is extremely slim that explosive change on the island – the sectoral interest – would result in stability and democracy – the national interest. But that view continues to underpin the interpretation of our national interests in Cuba."

Is this a disinterested, impartial analyst speaking in 2002, or someone who is still pushing the John Kerry/Chris Dodd/Sandy Berger agenda of go-lite on dictators like Castro?

Armstrong is basically saying Bush Administration policy on Cuba is driven by political contributions, which is actually a vicious attack on the President and his foreign policy.
 
No surprise then that Armstrong is among John Bolton's leading critics.

2. Navajos Nix Gay Marriages

Supporters of gay marriage say that conservative Christians are the major impediment to having the new matrimonial standard.

But some Native Americans don't like the idea either.

Joining the voters of the 11 states who passed laws banning gay marriage last November, the Navajo Nation Council has banned same sex marriage and also prohibited intermarriage between close relatives.

While explaining that Council was not promoting discrimination, Navajo Council official Omer Begay said that the Nation's Dine Fundamental Law teaches that there is a purpose for a man and a woman in marriage.

Begay asked the delegates to support the legislation saying, "We are mainly interested in strengthening policy. Many of our young people have inquired about relations. To date, we do not have a guide for our people. We can clarify with the creation of this policy."

Fellow Council member Lorenzo Curley added that the legislation raises questions about how the Navajo Nation deals with issues that arise. "The question before us focuses on what we think about the foundation of our society. Are we just going to be swept along?" he asked.

Echoing the newly elected Pope Benedict XVI, who in a pre-Conclave homily warned that "We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one's own ego and one's own desires," Curley said that the rest of the world lives under a philosophy of relativism where the highest value is one's own ego or self, but that the Navajo leaders want to send a message to the young people to continue to respect and live by the Fundamental Laws of the Dine.

3. Congressman Feeney Backs Flat Tax
 
A Florida member of Congress says a flat federal tax can eliminate the "mumbo jumbo" of deductions and exclusions taxpayers have to cope with under the current U.S. tax code.
 
Speaking to a luncheon meeting in Daytona Beach Florida, Rep. Tom Feeney said "a lot" of the existing 2.8 million-word tax code "is simply nonsense" and invites manipulation by "shady characters."
 
"If I was czar of tax reform, I'd eliminate the entire tax code tomorrow," Feeney said.
 
According to the Daytona Beach News Journal, Feeney endorsed the 19 percent flat tax proposal of Stephen Moore, president of the Free Enterprise Fund and a senior fellow at the Cato Institute.

Moore says that it would reduce tax burdens for middle-income families, free up billions of dollars now spent on tax preparation, and entice international corporations to locate in the U.S.
 
Under the proposal Moore outlined in the Wall Street Journal in January, individual taxpayers could choose to pay a 20 percent flat tax – later lowered to 19 percent – after taking "generous personal deduction and child deduction," while businesses could reduce their rate from 35 percent but would have to give up all tax credits.
 
Feeney adds that he would protect low-income households by exempting the first $30,000 of income.
 
For critics who question whether a flat tax would work, the Heritage Foundation's economic expert Daniel J. Mitchell has an answer: Russia's experience with the it.
 
Writing in Capitalist magazine in April 2003, Mitchell declared "We won the Cold War, but Russia gets a flat tax while America is stuck with a Byzantine tax system based on class-warfare ideology. The Russian flat tax has been so successful that even American politicians might learn the right lessons."

4. Rush Limbaugh Reveals Democrat Hypocrisy on Social Security

One can have a field day looking through quotes made by top Democrats when the Clintons were in the White House.

Remember all of those quotes by Clinton, Gore and Albright warning of the dangers of Saddam Hussein – remarks quickly forgotten once President Bush, a Republican, decided to do something about their complaints.

Ditto now for Social Security.

Rush Limbaugh, in the latest edition of the Limbaugh Letter, reveals the Democrats' hypocrisy once again.

In an article entitled "It Used to Be a Crisis," Limbaugh has dug up quote after quote from Democrats complaining about the Social Security crisis – one they now say Bush is exaggerating.

Here are some of the gems Rush uncovered: 

"What should we do with this projected surplus? I have a simple four-word answer: Save Social Security first." PRESIDENT CLINTON, COINING THE FAMOUS DEMOCRATIC SLOGAN, STATE OF THE UNION, JAN. 27,1998

"[I]f you don't do anything, one of two things will happen. Either it will go broke and you won't ever get it, or if we wait too long to fix it, the burden on society...of taking care of our generation's Social Security obligations will lower your income and lower your ability to take care of your children...[It] would be horribly wrong and unfair to you and unfair to the future prospects of the United States." PRESIDENT CLINTON, GEORGETOWN, FEB. 9, 1998

"Perhaps our greatest opportunity and our greatest obligation at this moment is to save Social Security...It would be unconscionable if we failed to act, and act now..." PRESIDENT CLINTON, TOWN HALL MEETING, KANSAS CITY, APRIL 7, 1998

"Durbin said due to the increasing number of ‘baby boomers' reaching retirement age, Social Security will be unable to pay out full benefits...but the sooner Congress acts to avert this crisis the easier and less painful it will be." – SEN. DICK DURBIN (D, IL), "REFORMING SOCIAL SECURITY," PRESS RELEASE, SEPT. 15, 1998

"Social Security faces a serious fiscal crisis...Save Social Security first!" – VICE PRESIDENT GORE, WITH DICK GEPHARDT, TED KENNEDY, BARBARA BOXER, AND OTHER DEMOCRATS AT SOCIAL SECURITY (AND ANTI-TAX-CUT) RALLY ON CAPITOL STEPS, SEPT. 25, 1998

5. Finally Media Admits: Women Are Fighting in the Front Lines

The claim that women in the armed forces are barred from combat assignments is a fiction, a badly wounded female MP officer says – and she has the scar to prove it.
 
"Women in combat is not really an issue," says. Lt. Dawn Halfaker "It is happening."

This "news" came in the form of a page one story in USA Today about the unusual role women warriors are having in Iraq.

NewsMax Magazine, in its June edition, "GI Jane at War," first blew the whistle on how Pentagon officials are flouting their own rules and Congressional rules to place women in harms' way.

The outrageous policies are causing female dead and wounded to skyrocket – far exceeding statistics for any previous war America has found herself in.

Lt. Halfaker, who lost her right arm during a reconnaissance patrol in Baqouba, Iraq, is one of five American military women at Walter Reed hospital in Washington, D.C.

They have all lost limbs from combat injuries in Iraq, a war that marks the first time large numbers of female troops have faced prolonged exposure to daily combat, USA Today acknowledges.
 
This despite the fact that although women are eligible to fill most jobs in the military, they are barred from some of the most hazardous positions, including infantry troops, special operations commandos, tank crews and others that would place them in
front-line ground combat.
 
"Everyone pretty much acknowledges there are no rear battle areas, no forward line of troops," Halfaker told USA Today.

So far, since the Iraq war began two years ago, 35 U.S. women have died and 271 have been wounded.

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