Looks like the respected Michael Barone is in our camp, and further details Risen's astonishing view that the administration had better listen to the bureaucrats—the same ones, we'd guess whose collective, botched intelligence/expertise allowed 9/11 to happen?? Well, consistency has never been a virtue of the left, which uses the dialectic to surf the upper thermals of illogic. Let's let Barone quote Risen in a Katie Couric interview to which he then has a response:
Risen: ...I think what happened was you–we–the checks and balances that normally keep American foreign policy and national security policy towards the center kind of broke down. And you had more of a radicalization of American foreign policy in which the–the–the career professionals were not really given a chance to kind of forge a consensus within the administration. And so you had the–the–the principles–Rumsfeld, Cheney and Tenet and Rice and many others–who were meeting constantly, setting policy and really never allowed the people who understand–the experts who understand the region to have much of a say.Our thoughts exactly. Aside from their reflexive leftism, the most obnoxious feature of career Democrats and career media blatherers (who are also career Democrats by and large) is their nonstop condescension and tendency to sneer at all those who do not march in lockstep to their collectivist point of view. Here we have a career journalist opining that our elected officials should take their marching orders from disaffected, unelected bureaucrats.
Couric: You suggest there was a lot of power grabbing going on.
[Barone:] So, "the career professionals were not really given a chance to kind of forge a consensus within the administration." Evidently, such consensus-building is how government is supposed to operate. Instead, you had folks like "the principles [sic, presumably transcriber's mistake]—Rumsfeld, Cheney and Tenet and Rice and many others—who were meeting constantly, settling policy, and really never allowed the people who understand—the experts who understand the region to have much of a say."
What a scandal! Presidential appointees like Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, and Condoleezza Rice and an elected official like Dick Cheney were meeting together! How dare they? And they were settling policy! Astonishing! What will such people dare to do next?
HazZzmat would challenge even the highly creative hard leftists—oops, sorry—the patriotic civil libertarians at the ACLU, to pry that nugget out of the Constitution for us to study and appreciate! Once again we can plainly see that the advocacy journos of the NYTimes will create their own "truths" when the actual truth proves inconvenient. Which, currently, seems like most of the time.