Magazine article The Nation

Instant Karma - Eventually

Magazine article The Nation

Instant Karma - Eventually

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While all crumbles around them, the covert operators and big machers of the Bush Administration war with one another and maneuver for firmer ground. The C.I.A. claims that the Justice Department forced it to lie about the intelligence it had on the Banca Nazionale del Lavoro in the Iraqgate scandal. (The point was to hide the fact that the U.S. government knew that the bank's influential Rome H.Q., contrary to its protestations, was aware its Atlanta branch was secretly financing Saddam Hussein.) The EB.I. begins investigating Langley's claim, and then Justice announces it is investigating EB.I. Director William Sessions and his executive assistant for alleged improprieties. And Senator David Boren, the usually spy friendly chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, calls for an independent counsel to investigate the B.N.L. controversy. By the way, there is an internal investigation at Justice . into the Bureau of Prisons' severe treatment of the incarcerated drug dealer who says he sold dope to young Dan Quayle.

Iraqgate, B.C.C.I. Inslaw, Iran/contra. The Bushmen, with their cynical geopolitics and disregard for truth, have pushed too far. They have alienated both the heartland and the genteel establishment. While few voters are versed in the details of the Iran/contra scandal, a majority of those surveyed say they think Bush has lied about his role in it. When Brent Scowcroft, the National Security Adviser, published an Op-Ed piece in The Washington Post recently dismissing Iraqgate, the paper ran a lead editorial the same day politely suggesting Scowcroft's account was not honest.

Is this the final spasm of the Bush era? It may be best for the Busbites if their hapless leader loses. They can slink out of town--a step ahead of independent counsels--to awaiting megabuck consulting jobs. Kissinger Associates must be hunting for additional office space. …

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