Early in 2003 one senior foreign-service officer answered my question, How many of your colleagues at the State Department share the presidents views on foreign policy? with a quick and confident, About 15 percent. The number may well have been even smaller at the CIA, which made egregious intelligence errors and then applied its skill at tweaking and leaking to undermine the president who acted on its advice.4
The disease has so infused the US that I don't see how a sufficient amount of it be purged to allow the patient to survive. And by that I mean the state department, the media, politicians...the framework is rotten to the core. Building upon this structure is foolhardy and dangerous.
posted on 01/18/2009 3:51:08 AM PST
(The only difference between the MSM and the DNC is the MSM sells ad space in their propaganda)
Yes, the take-away from this is that the Imperial Bureaucracy does what it likes, damn the President’s policy directives.
It is past time for the People to stop funding this nonsense in the name of “a professional Civil Service”. I’d rather have the President’s hand-picked people, even if they change every 4-8 years.
posted on 01/18/2009 4:04:02 AM PST
(Obama: Carter's only chance to avoid going down in history as the worst U.S. president ever.)
From what I have myself seen, this disease seems to affect every agency.
After all, Presidents and even legislators come and go, but civil servants have jobs as long as they want.
posted on 01/18/2009 4:15:06 AM PST
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