Meanwhile, Scott Johnson goes on to explore the condescension of reporter James Risen who seems to think that career bureaucracts get to overrule the directives of elected officials if they don't like them:
In his interview with Katie Couric earlier this week, James Risen sympathetically described the motives of the "nearly a dozen" leakers who discussed the NSA program with him roughly as follows:Scott draws his own logical conclusions:
"The checks and balances that normally keep American foreign policy and national security policy toward the center kind of broke down. You had more of a radicalization, in which the career professionals were not really given a chance to forge a consensus within the administration. The principals -- Rumsfeld, Cheney Tenet and Rice -- were meeting constantly, setting policy and never allowing the experts, the people who understand the region to have a say."
According to Risen and his sources, national security policy is to be set by "career professionals" rather than by the elected and appointed officials to whom he refers. When the elcted and appointed officials assert the prerogatives of their office, "career professionals" will take the law into their hands and work together with the New York Times to set things right. (Thanks to reader Charles McFarling for the rough transcript of the Risen quote.)This is precisely the kind of sneering, supercilious condescension that has become rampant in the upper echelons of State and the intelligence communities. The futureworld of the Terminator flicks is a blasted planet being destroyed by highly intelligent warrior robots who are out to exterminate their creators. That nightmare vision may already be operational in the higher reaches of the Federal government. The Bushies are onto these leftist, world-government snobs. That's why this unelected, treasonous cadre is trying to set a scenario where Bush will have to depart Washington prematurely, like Nixon on his last helicopter trip.
We'll place our bets on Chimpy McHitler and the attorney general who are already starting to make their move against these dead-enders.