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Maybe, Maybe Not

Wednesday, December 6, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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An e-mail that arrived after the close of last night’s depressing program which focused on the testimony of Mr. Gates before the Senate Armed Services Committee:

Hey, Buddy!

I’M THE ***OFFICIAL*** HARD-BITTEN, CYNICAL, OVER-WORDLY, OVER-SOPHISTICATED
PESSIMIST of the Hewitt Salem Radio Irregulars<G>…..

TODAY HUGH were stepping on MY TURF….

If i recall, i emailed you right after Gates was floated up, and right
before you had Hitch on your show (Gee, i’ll NEVER understand why’d they
chose Will Smith to play him in the movie?)…

Hugh glancingly referred on-air to my Gates’ email, when Hitch delivered
pretty much the same, rather cynical and low estimation of the Gates’
nomination, as you and i had emailed on earlier that day…FOR THE RECORD;
you will further note that i emailed Hugh, several weeks ago, with the
Amazon reference of the White Paper that Gates wrote with Zbieg, though it
was nice to hear Michael Ledeen reference it on the show today…Pretty
Dismal Reading

LET ME OFFER THESE WORDS OF CHEER:
My Proposition: Let It Be Determined Thus;

1. The Principal Media Strategy of this Administration is “Rope-A-Dope”

2. Lil Dubya’ has a clean and concise vision of the Strategic War on Terror
AND a Very Conservative view of Presidential Power, especially on the
subject of National Defense and warfighting.

3. Unless the 4-stars on JCS are willing to ***PUBLICLY*** punt their Iraqi
efforts, which would be disastrous in ways-too-numerous-to mention within
the ranks, short of being chased out of the Middle East by massive military
force, ala’ the Invasion of South Vietnam, the JCS have to pretty much go
along with a Iraqi Victory Strategy, AS LONG AS POTUS ***DESIRES*** IT.

4. Sec Gates will be working for GW, NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

PULLING IT ALL TOGETHER:
BEST CASE SCENARIO: SecDef Gates is a GW “head fake”, GW knew that a career
Langley Analysis Drone (“6 Decades of Getting It Wrong, and Still Going!”),
like Gates would be jovially embraced the Senate (just as he was today), in
their eagerness to shove RummyD out of the Building…

Gates ends up being sandwiched between the JCS and CentCommand 4-stars, who
won’t want to give up UNLESS THE PRESIDENT tells them to, and GW, who will
refer back to the Pentagon as the determining strategic entity…

BACK AND FORTH IT GOES, WITH GATES STUCK IN THE MIDDLE, and unable to
advance a cut and run strategy without any substantial support from the
uniformed commanders, leaving the Realpolitik bunch without any cover for
an, as it was referred a long time ago, in a Bad Place far, far away,
“Operation Bugout” …

We can always hope,

regards, h

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