MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY?
In the rising controversy over how the Bush administration built its case for war in Iraq, one curious fact stands out. Some who gave President Bush unwelcome information that turned out to be accurate are gone. Those who did the opposite are still around.
Former economic adviser Lawrence Lindsey, retired Marine Gen. Anthony Zinni and former Army chief of staff Gen. Eric Shinseki voiced concerns about the expense, aftermath and forces that would be needed concerns now proving to be true. These men are no longer in the picture.
While I agree with Kevin that listening to different perspectives is an asset for any president, I am rather dubious of this article:
- The economy is flaccid and the entire economic team was thrown overboard, Lindsey included.
- Zinni’s job was a short-term one to begin with.
- Shinseki was on his way out, anyway. He served his term and retired.
Further, while it’s true that Bush values loyalty highly, it’s not true that he doesn’t have people on board that disagree with him. I’d cite Colin Powell as Exhibit A. Indeed, Powell seems to prevail most of the time, even though Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Wolfowitz have world views much more similar to the president’s.