cj#618> John Stockwell, NOT David Stockman, sought enemies


Richard Moore

Date: Thu, 5 Dec
From: Charles <•••@••.•••>
To: "Richard K. Moore" <•••@••.•••>
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On Thu, 5 Dec 1996, Richard K. Moore wrote:

>         This intuition arises partly from my reading of David Stockman's
> "In Search of Enemies", which described how the Angolan civil war got
You mean John Stockwell.  David Stockman was Reagan's budget director.
He didn't have to search for enemies; his abrasaive, know-it-all manner
ensured him a steady supply.  Stockwell probably has some enemies among
his old colleagues too by now -- maybe not as many enemies as his fellow
whistleblower, but probably about as many as Aldrich Ames or Nicholas
Whatshisname (the latest cash-and-carry secretseller).

>         The French may show "little regard" for humanity, but the U.S.
> seems more adept at outright cynical manipulation.

I wouldn't put such shenanigans past our U.S. statesmen, but I also
wouldn't have thought they were that much interested in what happens to
Central Africa.  (The concern with Angola and Mozambique -- as with the
`Horn of Africa' -- was part of the Cold War geopolitique so beloved of
Kissinger and his wannabes.)  Of course there are mineral resources to be
tapped there.  The suggestion of a budding rivalry with France for
influence in the area gains some credence from recent remarks by our
soon-to-be-ex-Secretary of State.  I wonder whether the otherwise
inexplicable U.S. intransigence over Boutros Ghali might be motivated in
part by a desire to replace him with another African more amenable to
pressure.  Seems a bit farfetched, but then so does the whole affair.