A former Pentagon officer turned whistleblower says a group of hawks in the Bush Administration, including the Vice-President, Dick Cheney, is running a shadow foreign policy, contravening Washington’s official line.
“What these people are doing now makes Iran-Contra [a Reagan administration national security scandal] look like amateur hour. . . it’s worse than Iran-Contra, worse than what happened in Vietnam,” said Karen Kwiatkowski, a former air force lieutenant-colonel.
“[President] George Bush isn’t in control . . . the country’s been hijacked,” she said, describing how “key [governmental] areas of neoconservative concern were politically staffed”.