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skippy the bush kangaroo

Friday, May 30, 2014

Chickenhawks with Poor Strategy, or With Friends Like These...

Sequence of events:

  1. Report publicly and in detail that already strained resources are going to be Stressed Out Beyond All Repair

  2. Get fired marginalized and attacked for that.

  3. Be proven accurate; if anything, too optimistic

  4. Get re-hired to, among other things, try to clean up the mess you warned people would happen

  5. Watch others cut your funding repeatedly, which was never enough to deal with the original problem, let alone the exacerbations you cited.

  6. Watch those same others complain that you're not doing your job.

  7. Resign, in the hope that the same assholes who cut your funding will—for the first time in the past decade—actually support the mission you were trying to accomplish

  8. Have that resignation grudgingly accepted by a man who knows what a position he put you into

  9. Have some brain-dead twit who gets credited by many of the assholes mentioned above as Serious—you know, someone who opposed everything you said at the time, now admits you were right, but never gave the slightest thought to the consequences of what you were saying*—complain not that you were forced to resign, but that your boss's acknowledgement that you were making the best of an untenable situation is a bad thing.

Yglesias has proved himself not worthy of shining Shinseki's shoes. So when will the NYT hire him as their "liberal" columnist?

*Note, in fact, that Yglesias's reasons are self-contained: as one reviewer of his self-serving Heads in the Sand noted:

Even in 2002, CIA analysts accepted the finding of the International Atomic Energy Agency that Saddam Hussein was not building nuclear weapons – the claims of The Threatening Storm ran contrary to the very best intelligence available at the time.
So the first three "reasons for a mistake"—Erroneous views of foreign policy in general, Elite signaling, and Misreading the Politics—are all exemplified by buying into the Pollack hype. (At least Ezra Klein acknowledges seeing Pollack saying at the time that it would be really easy to f*ck up an invasion. Yglesias must have been loathing left-wing antiwar activists that day.
posted by Ken Houghton at 10:38 AM |


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