Wednesday, October 26, 2005
The White House Cabal
There's a good op/ed by Colin Powell's former Chief of Staff, Lawrence B. Wilkerson on the LATimes website.
He points out the now obvious fact that post-war Iraq was "planned" by a select few administration officials -- essentially Cheney and Rumsfeld.
For me, the idea -- demonstrated over and over -- of making huge decisions without soliciting dissenting opinions is central to the problem with this administration. They are so sure they have the right answers that there is no need to "second guess myself" -- as the president would say.
Wilkerson points out that bureaucracies will be very inefficient in carrying out policies they had no hand in crafting. Not to mention that the fractured way in which various agencies end up getting asked to work together on plans they have no insights into.
Don't you long for the days when we had a president that sat up all night crafting policy over pizza with experts from across the spectrum? Now we have one that says god tells him what to do.