The neo-cons say installing Gates, a career CIA analyst who served as the agency’s director for two years under President George H.W. Bush, takes the administration one step closer toward repudiation of the once hailed “Bush Doctrine.”
“What’s happening here is essentially the end of the administration as we’ve known it,” said Frank Gaffney, head of the Center for Security Policy and neo-conservative commentator.
“Pretty clearly, it signals a return to the ‘Bush 41’ policy,” said Kenneth Timmerman, who heads the Foundation for the Democracy of Iran, which he founded with other prominent neo-conservatives in 1995.
Gaffney and Timmerman both say that Gates and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III, members of the congressionally commissioned Iraq Study Group, represent the “old guard” and the status quo of the past. The ISG is poised to release a package of recommendations to Congress for U.S. actions in Iraq.
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