Catfish and Cod
Saturday, October 18, 2003
(Link path: The Gray Lady, free and pointless registration required)
State Dept. Study Foresaw Trouble Now Plaguing Iraq
"It was mostly ignored," said one senior defense official. "State has good ideas and a feel for the political landscape, but they're bad at implementing anything. Defense, on the other hand, is excellent at logistical stuff, but has blinders when it comes to policy. We needed to blend these two together."
What lessons should we learn here, class?
1) Different executive departments have different strengths.
2) Different executive departments have a bias against listening to each other's conclusions, probably because of a perception that they have opposing ideologies or opposing politics.
3) Different executive departments therefore don't communicate well, and make mistakes as a result.
4) Political infighting weakens the government.
5) Someone needs to stop the political infighting, and ensure that the government works smoothly.
6) The task of overseeing and managing the executive departments, under Article II of the Constitution, falls to the President of the United States.
7) The President's advisors have been aggravating, not alleviating, the political infighting.
8) The President must stop the infighting, or he must be replaced.