Cheney and Franklin, Hollow Men

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T.S. Eliot pegged them:

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Drudge and Foreign Policy quote them: Cheney frets while Obama “dithers” and Larry Franklin opines about his “Secret Plan” that “… was designed to shake the foundations of Iran’s mullahcracy without resorting to military action. I urged the United States to recognize a government in exile, perhaps in a nearby Central Asian country with a Persian heritage. I proposed a sophisticated propaganda offensive, planting stories both true and otherwise in the Persian-language media to undermine Iranians’ confidence in their leaders. I urged that we highlight Iran’s human rights record by focusing attention on at least one victim of the regime every day of the year, and that we expose the regime’s “gulag archipelago” of prisons. And I proposed the selective declassification of documents that would embarrass Iran on the world stage.”

Oh, that we should give ear to the hollow men.

7:51 am on October 22, 2009