Here’s a modest proposal. Let’s start a Coalition of the Rational to take back our country from this radical rightwing Administration. After all, these are times when true conservatives are as concerned as liberal Democrats about the damage being done to our democracy and international credibility as a result of manipulated intelligence, preemptive war policy and arrogant unilateralism.
The coalition could bring together a broad, transpartisan group of concerned citizens–from Goldwater-style conservatives, Rockefeller Republicans and former State Department and intelligence officials, to progressive Democrats and religious, labor and student leaders–to mobilize Americans in informed opposition to the Bush Administration‘s undermining of US security in our name.
Here are some nominations for charter members of the Coalition of the Rational:
*The dozens of active intelligence officials who are coming forward–mostly through leaks in the press–to describe how Administration officials pressured them to exaggerate the Iraqi threat and deceive the country.
*Veteran Intelligence Professionals For Sanity, a national organization of retired CIA, military and NSA intelligence officers who called into question the Administration’s rationale for war and is now up in arms over the Bush Team’s manipulation of intelligence. Check out the group’s statement released last May, which noted in part: “In intelligence, there is one unpardonable sin–cooking intelligence to the recipe of high policy. There is ample indication that this has been done with respect to Iraq….[N]ever before has such warping been used in such a systematic way to mislead our elected representatives into voting to authorize launching a war.” The group’s recent statement powerfully indicts the vice president and “strongly recommends Dick Cheney’s immediate resignation” for his role in deceiving the public, the media and other policy-makers regarding the true threat Iraq actually posed to the United States.
*Rand Beers, a National Security Council adviser to five administrations, including those of Reagan and Bush 41, who recently resigned as Bush’s special counterrorism assistant. As he stepped down, Beers blasted the Administration’s handling of the war on terror as “making us less secure, not more secure.”
*Zbigniew Brzezinski, National Security Adviser to President Carter, who cautions that “our single-minded and…demagogic fixation with Iraq is undermining the credibility as well as the legitimacy of US leadership.”