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February 10, 2006
Creating Scarcity

I don't know who it's going to be, but the next White House Administration is going to find intelligence and experience thin on the ground among "career" officials.

We heard previously that many career FEMA officials have been leaving, and of course the CIA's problems are frequently front-page news.

Now we're hearing that even the Right's beloved warmaking capability is suffering brain-drain.

State Department officials appointed by President Bush have sidelined key career weapons experts and replaced them with less experienced political operatives who share the White House and Pentagon's distrust of international negotiations and treaties.

The reorganization of the department's arms control and international security bureaus was intended to help it better deal with 21st-century threats. Instead, it's thrown the agency into turmoil and produced an exodus of experts with decades of experience in nuclear arms, chemical weapons and related matters, according to 11 current and former officials and documents obtained by Knight Ridder.

I sure would be worried if I thought the Democratic Party wasn't going to save us.

Good thing the "leaders" aren't all distracted trying to figure out how to explain to people that tolerance, justice, and equality aren't incompatible with Christianity, isn't it?


On the same note:

Official Resigns Public TV Post

The top television executive at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting announced on Thursday that he would be stepping down. This is the latest in a string of departures of officials and consultants who played central roles in an effort by conservatives to bring what they viewed as more balance to public television and radio.

And, you know what? There are still a number of people who refuse to believe that the necons want to dismantle our society.

Posted by AnneZook at 10:18 AM


The deprofessionalization of federal bureaucracy would make Max Weber cry in his schnapps (or whatever he drank). It's terrifying, because it makes us look more and more like one of those cronyist states we used to look down on -- banana republics, etc. -- and raises all kinds of historical specters.

There's an HNN op-ed piece on that topic I've wanted to write for a while; it might be time.

Posted by: Jonathan Dresner at February 10, 2006 07:09 PM

We don't just "look" more like one of those corrupt states, we're becoming one. Part of the point of a civil service is to have continuity, to have experience and knowledge available to each new Administration.

An Administration so extreme, so inflexible, and so blinkered as to insist that reality be changed to fit its beliefs is more of a danger to us than these articles are willing to admit.

Posted by: Anne at February 11, 2006 11:26 AM