Thursday, February 08, 2007
How about what's going on in the bowels of LANS?
The Pentagon's not-so-little secret
As the president and Republicans continue to hype the surge -- and stifle debate about it -- Bush's own war planners are preparing for failure in Iraq.
By Sidney Blumenthal
Photo: AP/Wide World
Composite photo of George W. Bush and soldiers from the 1st Infantry at Fort Riley, Kan., who will be deployed to Iraq as part of the troop surge.
Feb. 8, 2007 | Deep within the bowels of the Pentagon, policy planners are conducting secret meetings to discuss what to do in the worst-case scenario in Iraq about a year from today if and when President Bush's escalation of more than 20,000 troops fails, a participant in those discussions told me. None of those who are taking part in these exercises, shielded from the public view and the immediate scrutiny of the White House, believes that the so-called surge will succeed. On the contrary, everyone thinks it will not only fail to achieve its aims but also accelerate instability by providing a glaring example of U.S. incapacity and incompetence.
The profoundly pessimistic thinking that permeates the senior military and the intelligence community, however, is forbidden in the sanitized atmosphere of mind-cure boosterism that surrounds Bush.
I would not have predicted that LANL under LANS would have gone this far south, so quickly.
Let me know when the pool starts on eventual outcome scenarios.
After having made a huge deal out of crucifying any of the little people who had the bad luck to find themselves in the middle of a security flap in recent years (Quintana, Kauppila, Lee), LANS/DOE/NNSA will not be allowed to bury this one. It could well be the excuse that Congress is looking for to terminate the LANS contract at LANL for cause.
But what will be the worst case for LANL staff? That the truth behind the real reason for Mitchell's sudden departure from LANL never comes out. LANS retaining the contract. Six and 1/2 more years of inept, abusive management. That would be the worst case for LANL staff.
How about a little hint, just to keep our interest piqued over the weekend?
Mitchell, or something else?