A Man with a Flashlight


“The president is less in command of his administration than any president I have ever observed.”
April 27, 2007, 11:06 am
Filed under: Politics, The War on Terror

He’s had a method of operating in which he is the chief executive, and that he expects things to happen, and he doesn’t superintend them very closely, and a significant number of people who are nominally working for him don’t agree with him, don’t work very hard to implement his policies and in some cases even work against him, and that was certainly true at the State Department. It was certainly true at the C.I.A.

– Richard Perle, on the runup to Iraq, to a hearing organized by the Tricycle Theater in London.

It is eerily similar to Alberto Gonzales’ portrayal of his own role at Justice, and his explanation of how he fired 8 U.S. Attorneys without knowing why. No wonder Bush didn’t see anything wrong with his story.

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