Friday, February 10, 2006

All You Need to Know

Usually, the pervasive incompetence of our current administration is so horrifying as to defy description. It rises up from the depths of current events like a leviathan of ineptitude, born on waves of willful ignorance and shameless mendacity. When you try to describe what you just saw, words fail. It's impossible to capture the size, the scope, and the downright ugliness.

Other times, a single sentence tells you everything you need to know. It's as if that fateful fisherman had a digital camera at the ready, and this time the snapshot isn't blurry at all. You can see the teeth and the scales. You can practically smell the thing.

From today's Washington Post, in an article about Paul R. Pillar, the former national intelligence director who coordinated U.S. intelligence on the Middle East until last year:

"'It has become clear that official intelligence was not relied on in making even the most significant national security decisions, that intelligence was misused publicly to justify decisions already made, that damaging ill will developed between [Bush] policymakers and intelligence officers, and that the intelligence community's own work was politicized,' Pillar wrote."

And for good measure:

"Pillar wrote that the first request he received from a Bush policymaker for an assessment of post-invasion Iraq was 'not until a year into the war.'"

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