Wednesday, March 31, 2004

World Domination Update, Part 2: You know, I thought I was kidding when I said that Starbucks was plotting on taking over the world. But, this may be more accurate than I thought. Remember the "Pentagon Papers" case, with the brave Daniel Ellsberg outing the Nixon Administration's plans on illegal military operations? Well, it has a sequel. ...and like most sequels, it isn't nearly as compelling. Although, I do find it interesting that PRINCE is now the model for scripting talking points at the Pentagon. But nonetheless, as the Washington Post reports: Did you hear the one about the guy at Starbucks? No? Okay. A guy walks into the Starbucks at Connecticut Avenue and R Street NW on Sunday to get his favorite latte, and sits down at a table. On the table, he spots four pieces of paper. One is stationery with the heading "Office of the Secretary of Defense," and right under that "The Special Assistant." It has a penciled map of directions from the Pentagon to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's house in Northwest Washington. Another sheet says, "Eric's Telephone Log." Someone has written "Conf. call" at the top and some notes, some in partial shorthand, on one side. These apparently were taken by Eric. The notes say: "Took threat v seriously and then segue to wh we have been doing. Rise above [ Richard A.] Clarke. "Emphasize importance of 9/11 commission and come back to what we have been doing. "[Commission member Jamie] Gorelick pitting Condi [ Condoleezza Rice] v. [Deputy Secretary of State Richard] Armitage "Our plan had military plans to attack Al Q -- called on def to draw up targets in Afg -- develop mil options." There's an underlined notation "DR" in the margin and a quotation, apparently from DR, perhaps Rumsfeld, to "Stay inside the line -- we dont need 2 ruff [or puff] this at all. we need 2b careful as hell about it. This thing will go away soon and what will keep it alive will be one of us going over the line."... Well, they really have mastered that part about not making it any bigger than it needs to be. Yet another Mission Accomplished by the Bush Administration.
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