Praising by Damned Faintness: The NSAs, SoSs, and SoDs Who Didn’t Endorse Chuck Hagel
Ever since this letter, in which a bunch of former Directors of Central Intelligence–but not Poppy Bush–came out against torture investigations, I’ve been more interested in who doesn’t sign these endorsement letters than who does.
For example, did you notice that Harold Koh did not vouch for John Brennan’s respect for the rule of law the other day, even though his counterpart at DOD, Jeh Johnson, did?
The same is true of this letter–signed by a bunch of former National Security Advisors and Secretaries of Defense and State in support of Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be Defense Secretary.
Here’s who did endorse:
Hon. Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State
Hon. Samuel Berger, former National Security Advisor
Hon. Harold Brown, former Secretary of Defense
Hon. Zbigniew Brzezinski, former National Security Advisor
Hon. William Cohen, former Secretary of Defense
Hon. Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense
Hon. James Jones, former National Security Advisor
Hon. Melvin Laird, former Secretary of Defense
Hon. Robert McFarlane, former National Security Advisor
Hon. William Perry, former Secretary of Defense
Hon. Colin Powell, former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor
Hon. George Shultz, former Secretary of State
Hon. Brent Scowcroft, former National Security Advisor
Which leaves–in addition to currently serving Tom Donilon, Leon Panetta, and Hillary Clinton–these non-endorsers:
Condi Rice (both NSA and State)
Anthony Lake (Lake directs UNICEF right now, which may preclude such endorsements)
Frank Carlucci (both NSA and Defense Secretary)[Update: Thanks to Justin Raimundo for correcting me–while Carlucci did not sign this letter, he did sign a LTE in support of Hagel]
William Clark (NSA for Reagan)
Richard Allen (NSA for Reagan)
Henry Kissinger (both NSA and State)
James Baker III
Jeebus, White House, get on your game! You want people to vote for Hagel? Release the list of all the corporatist warmongers who didn’t endorse Chuck Hagel. Hagel may not be my first choice, but there is no clearer praise than the list of non-endorsers Hagel has racked up.
The ghost list. I like it.
OT: Here is a 2008 quote from then CIA-director General Hayden, in case you don’t already have this quote framed and hanging on your wall. Not a bad mission statement for “emptywheel” as well:
““Secret information isn’t always the brass ring in our profession. In fact, there’s a real satisfaction in solving a problem or answering a tough question with information that someone was dumb enough to leave out in the open.”
I found it here
I suspect Poppy Bush didn’t sign it because ex-President.
I must confess that my first reaction to reading the list was “Melvin Laird is still alive?”
After that, though, it is remarkable that moderate Republican Obama’s nomination of a moderate Republican faces stiffer opposition from wingnut Republicans than from “Democrats”.
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Ever since this letter
@Valley Girl: Thanks.
Baker is the only surprise to me on those two lists. Is there some backstory there that I’m forgetting?
Nice work, nice to see Melvin Laird (R-WI) breaking ranks with the neocons. I sent a link to your piece to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Anthony Lake is a liberal Interventionist, and if James Baker said anything, it would be used against Hagel.
Does Henry Kissinger really count? Should he?
Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein The Final Days pp. 194
Then there’s this guy who probably doesn’t matter much to the war profiteers.
You’re wrong about Frank Carlucci — he has endorsed Hagel:
@Justijn Raimondo: Thanks. Noted in the post.