“…on October 25, 2005, [former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, Colonel Lawrence] Wilkerson published an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times that was arguably the most outspoken attack levied at the Bush administration by a former insider. In it, he described the self-acknowledged ‘cabal’ led by [Vice President Dick] Cheney and [Secretary of Defense Donald] Rumsfeld, as one whose ‘insular and secret workings’ resembled the decision-making process ‘one would associate more with a dictatorship than a democracy.’ ”

 – Eugene Jarecki, The American Way of War, Page 78