BEIJING, China,...Dec. 9 A top-secret report prepared for China's Ministry of State Security (MSS) predicts that none of President-elect Obama's appointees will be in office at the end of his first term.
They are all qiao zong huo fan," the anonymous author says, using the Chinese term for bridge burners. "They will depart, leaving flames in their wake."
The report, which was leaked to the Daily Event by officials who prefer to be nameless out of fear of summary execution, analyzed bios and interviews to compile a profile of the typical appointee.
"He or she is addicted to conquest," the report says." But once success has been achieved becomes bored and either moves on or self-destructs."
The author sees Obama's cabinet as a "snake pit of militant egos," Three appointees sought the presidential nomination--Clinton, Richardson and Daschle. "Clinton feels great bitterness toward Richardson and Daschle for rejecting her to support Obama. She regards Richardson as an apostate who turned on her after all she and her husband had done for him.
"Richardson for his part, feels that he has not been rewarded for courageously spurning Clinton to support Obama in the early days before the outcome was clear. Every cabinet meeting will sting like a slap in the face as he sees Clinton sitting on the president's right hand in the job he coveted."
"Clinton and Richardson will make a public show of working together, but will intrigue against each other in private."
Daschle, was humiliated by his defeat in 2006 when Democrats were sweeping into office everywhere else. The report says that he he must engineer a major health care initiative to restore his political viability and predicts that his possible opponents in 2016 will try to block him at every turn.
"Competitive people do not give up their dreams," the author says. "The three who lost still aspire to ultimate power. Secretly they will wish Obama to fail."
The report predicts that the early days of the new administration will be rife with conflict and controversy. "Each cabinet officer will be given daunting tasks that they will be unable to perform."
As Secretary of State Clinton will be charged with persuading the Europeans to contribute more troops and money to the War on Terror.
"This they will not do."
Iran will not swayed from its nuclear path, the report says. "Clinton will try to ignore the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, but a series of attacks and retaliations will force her to engage...and fail."
The exit from Iraq will be messy. "American troops will fight bloody rear guard actions designed to extract the utmost humiliation."
Wary of appearing weak Obama will not remove the missile shield in Eastern Europe and Clinton will try to mollify the Russians into accepting it.
"This she will not do," the report says.
Defense Secretary Gates is a possible Republican contender. He will be looking for a way to maximize his credit while subtly detracting from his possible opponent in 2012. Sensing this, Clinton will try to minimize his influence. "There will be much backstage plotting," the report predicts.
"After the last American soldier has left, Gates will resign..."
Clinton and new Treasure Secretary Geithner will try to get the Chinese to open their financial markets and let the yuan appreciate.
"This of course, we will not do," the report says. It concludes that Clinton's tenure will be dogged by one failure after another that, fearing for her place in history, she will have to find a way to escape. A seat on the Supreme Court might provide a graceful exit.
Attorney-General designee Eric Holder has been chosen to "prevent revenge prosecutions," the report says. "The left wing of the party will want to indict Cheney and Rumsfeld. It will seek prosecution of high level financial donors. Obama does not want to alienate Republicans by going after Bush war criminals. Holder will hold the fort for Obama's wealthy patrons as long as he can. He will suffer a great loss of public prestige and will return to his lucrative law practice."
As Commerce Secretary Richardson will have to create business opportunities in a depressed global economy.
"This he will not do," he says.
"He will be diminished politically."
Treasury Secretary Geithner will try to find a way to keep taxes and inflation down while Government expenditures soar into the trillions.
"This no one could do."
Lawrence Summers, Obama's top economic adviser is "a brilliant careerist, but not an original thinker," the report says. "Faced by a real unemployment rate of 15% he will be unable to innovate. Watching his fabled reputation wither as the economy languishes he will focus on the job he really wants---Chairman of the Federal Reserve. Current chairman Bernanke, weakened by the crisis, will be easy to topple. Summers will have a job that confers the maximum of prestige with the minimum of thought."
The report expresses puzzlement that Obama has not chosen loyalists, but "competitive individuals with deep personal agendas." It asks: "does this show that he is a naive bungler? Or is he brilliantly creating scapegoats for the failures he knows will come?"
It says a deeper analysis of Obama can be delayed in the short term. Given the turmoil in the US, China's future is not threatened.
"If we control dissent, stifle protests among migrant workers and farmers and keep the yuan artificially low we will continue to prosper. The US will not stop us."
CLARENCE CENTER, N.Y. Feb. 18...On a gloomy Thursday afternoon (Feb. 12) a random sampling of Americans boarded Continental Connection Flight 3407 departing Newark Airport en route to Buffalo.
Psychologist Mervyn Fliegel calls them "the givers."
On that same day another group in D.C., New York, Dallas,Miami, Chicago and Hollywood, were desperately phoning, emailing and texting their lawyers, agents, flacks, trainers, astrologists, aromatherapists--anyone who could help them salvage their public lives.
Fliegel, research director of PUNS (Psychologists United for a New Society) calls this group "the takers."
Several hours later the "givers" were lying dead in the burning wreckage of flight 3407.
The "takers" were still single-mindedly trying to burnish their tarnished images.
"It's an American irony that you can take a random sample aboard a commuter plane and find people with more talent, character, courage and dedication than you'll find in the centers of political, financial and artistic leadership, " Fliegel says.
In his new book Who We Give Our Power To And Why Fliegel tries to answer the question of why ordinary people are morally, ethically and often intellectually superior to those they choose to run their lives. He calls this "American schizophrenia" and uses the event of February 12 as a textbook example.
Among the ordinary Americans who were flying to Buffalo on that day were:
A much decorated Marine (Silver Star, two Bronze Stars), who had survived two helicopter crashes in Vietnam.
A human rights crusader who had tirelessly worked to expose the genocide in Rwanda.
A woman whose husband had been killed on 9/11and had since become a leader of victims' advocates groups.
A young hockey player who had been the first female ever to play on a men's team.
Two jazz musicians, good friends, who were on their way to perform with Chuck Mangione's band.
"These people were social altruists," Fliegel said. "Whether it be human rights, terror victims, hockey or jazz they had sacrificed money, career and family life in the service of a cause greater than themselves."
Among the stars, leaders and role models who were spinning their way out of trouble as they had each done so often in their lives, were:
An ex-president trying to salvage a "legacy" out of the wreckage of his administration.
Another ex-president going insane with thwarted exhibitionism.
A Treasury Secretary who had cheated on his taxes and had been brutally criticized for his financial rescue plan.
A Secretary of State whose husband is collecting millions of dollars in lecture and lobbyist fees from countries with whom she will be negotiating.
A prominent politician who had been forced to withdraw from his cabinet post because of $110,000 in undeclared income.
Still another who had withdrawn from a cabinet nomination because of an FBI Investigation into illegal fundraising.
A baseball star, accused of lying about steroid use, who was trying to buy his way back into the public's good graces with crocodile apologies and a $3.2 million gift to a college baseball program.
A Governor impeached for solicitation of bribery.
A newly appointed Senator under investigation for perjury.
Various disgraced economists and financiers, who had lied, embezzled and misrepresented trillions out of the public coffers.
Movie stars, athletes, celebrities who had abused substances and each other...
"These are the sociopathic elite," Fliegel says. "People who have risen to dominance in every area of American life. Their only cause is themselves and they pursue it relentlessly without regard for truth or scruple."
Fliegel says that these radically different personalities share one character trait. "They are addicted to risk. They tempt fate like reckless drivers, breaking rules, lying, intriguing, even committing criminal acts. The fear of discovery and punishment is an almost sexual thrill for them."
Again he asks: "Why do we give these people power over our lives?"
Fliegel says the American obsession with "world-wide celebrity, astronomical wealth and record-breaking achievement" is so demanding that only liars, cheats and connivers can hope to succeed.
"Those who aspire to success soon learn that it cannot be achieved by skill and application alone," he says. "They become cynical about the system they are subverting, contemptuous of the people they are manipulating."
The true problems begin when the sociopathic elite gain power, Fliegel says.
"The thrill is gone," he says. "They become bored with the every day tasks of this power. They have no respect for the process, only for the prizes. They become inattentive, unfocused. They make terrible mistakes...
"Many are misled...Millions die...Tens of millions are ruined..."
Fliegel says the American political system has to be restructured so that the altruists, people like the passengers aboard that tragic flight, can assume leadership roles.
"We need to put the careful drivers behind the wheel again," he says.
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