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Mikey in Plano

Aaaaah, "simple bureaucratic inertia."

Back in the early '90s, I read Seymour Hersh's The Price Of Power. Besides filling in my knowledge of the Nixon administration's misdeeds leading up to the Watergate scandal, the book showed me how useful bureaucracies are in swatting down the worst ideas.

Say you'd like to bomb Cambodia. All it takes is one faceless hack in the State Department to kick it back with a departmentalized version of "This is a stupid fucking idea" attached to it to nix it.

At least until you decide to run it through the NSC and National Security Advisor's office.

I'm starting to get nostalgic for the days you were forced to run your bad, unconstitutional policies through a shadow government.

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