Is George W. some kind of GOP joke or a CIA stooge?

By Carla Binion


November 7, 1999 | Ok, what is the GOP trying to pull? They're kidding with this George W. for president deal, right? It's not just that George flunked when asked by a reporter to name the leaders of four different countries.  (I can almost hear strains of Dubya's theme song:  "Don't know much about history, don't know much about geography...")  It's that when he mentioned the coup in Pakistan, he said the coup was a good thing because it would help bring stability to the region.  Whoa! Warning, warning, danger, danger, CIA-speak! Who did this guy's programming?

The CIA is always singing the praises of one miltary dicator or another for "bringing stability to a region." This is not a sentiment that most Americans in possession of all pertinent facts would likely share -- not that we're allowed much to say about it.  What's disturbing is that the phrase "stability to the region" rolled off Dubya's tongue so easily, as his lizard-brain reflexes took over when his frontal lobe dropped the ball. Those darting, reptilian eyes said it all as the interview progressed.  The Dubya was stumped, but his programming did kick in and sort of slop out for all the world to see.

The last thing we need is yet another affable, passive CIA stooge for president.  Been there, done that.  Two recent Democratic presidents, Carter and Clinton, have occasionally at least held their own on foreign affairs and stood up to the intelligence services with independent opinions. Carter made a stab at cleaning up the CIA and resisted CIA policies in Iran, and Clinton opened some intelligence files.  Neither was a total CIA doormat with a blank check as Reagan and Bush were -- and as Shrub would likely be.

Another thing we don't need is yet another, shall we say, Quayle-like mind in high political office. We had one Dan Quayle near the presidency, and we all knew right away that was a no go. Why is it taking so long for Republicans to see George W. isn't any more viable than Quayle was? What more evidence do they need -- Shrub's telling us in an interview that the "Kosovanians" and the "Grecians" are actually from America? ("Don't know much about a science book.  Don't know much about the French I took...")

We need to get a message to the GOP: Save yourselves some time and money. Do not back this racehorse. Or, maybe we should just sit back and watch the horse stumble as he gets closer to the finish line.  Unless the CIA plans to fully rig the election (hmmm...) I can't imagine how George W. is so confident he's going to be our next president.  Maybe dad's friends at Langley have worked out some deal with the Kosovanians to have them show up in droves at the ballot boxes.  Or maybe the Gore camp can alert the public to Dubya's obvious flaws soon enough to reverse his mind boggling lead and prevent yet another CIA presidency.  What a wonderful world it would be.

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