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Tuesday, July 22, 2003
An unlikely political theory

So I was thinking....maybe one of the reasons Bush is in trouble on the uranium is that he totally pissed off the CIA, and they're making a point, that point being don't totally piss off the CIA!. Because, you know, they know a lot of things about a lot of things. And maybe, as Paul Krugman has it today, the outing of Valerie Plame is a pointed attack on the CIA by the white House.

And then I remembered: doesn't our current President Bush have an older relative who at one point was in charge of the CIA? Kind of an internationalist, believed to have some private disagreements [link behind clickthrough ad] with the current President over foreign policy?

OK, I guess it's pretty unlikely that George H.W. Bush has turned against his son and is plotting W.'s downfall. Still, as the Freudians say, "isn't it interesting" that this whole thing is a struggle between George W. Bush's administration and the Agency that his father once ran?

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