Note: I didn't say I wanted John Kerry to win; I said, "Why."
I'm far more interested in "why" than "what."
"What" is dross; it fills the airwaves and newspapers, and I consider it all white noise or, as Bob Dylan said of Time magazine back in the day, "an adult comic book."
"Why" is fun, exciting, surprising, and interesting: that's where I hang out.
The reason Kerry will win is that the CIA and the Pentagon are going to steal the election for him.
Not because they necessarily agree with his politics and plans; rather, because he will leave them alone.
Bush intends to create a national intelligence czar, overseeing the CIA and the Pentagon's intelligence operations, and seizing control of their finances.
Not a happy thought to the entrenched powers-that-be atop the nation's spy shops.
Just as the long knives of the institutional memory arm of the CIA came out earlier this month to publicly disembowel Michael Kostiw, new CIA director Porter Goss's nominee for the agency's powerful number three position, they will strike again, under deep cover and cut out from any possible linkage, to deny Bush an election victory.
Consider yesterday's Washington Post headline: "Turf War Stalls Intelligence Bill; Pentagon Allies at Odds With Advocates of New Director."
The military is not happy with Bush's plans.
Last week, a secret letter to Congress from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Richard B. Myers, opposing the unlimited powers of the proposed new intelligence czar, was leaked to the New York Times.
Yeah, right: "leaked" might not be quite the right word.
This past weekend's Financial Times story on the subject was headlined "Victorious Kerry Would Sack Head of Intelligence."
You don't think the Cold War veterans of the CIA were ecstatic as they read that?