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March 08, 2005

Bureaucratic Infighting in the Bush Administration on Foreign Policy

I came across a good article on Infighting in the Bush Administration-- the National Security Council, the Defense Department, State, Cheney, and so forth. I was just reading volume I of Macaulay's History of England on the intrigues at the court of Charles II, and I'm reminded of that, a little. The article on the Bush Administration is critical, and one must read between the lines, but it's interesting to a student of bureaucracy. I'm always heartened by reports that a political appointee is rude and is wrecking the smooth operation of government, because it means there is a good chance he is actually achieving something. If the Defense establishment were happy with Rumsfeld, that would be a bad sign.It was a bad sign that the State Department bureaucrats were happy with Colin Powell- it was a sign they had him under control.

Posted by erasmuse at March 8, 2005 08:40 PM

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