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Crony Watch: The DoD Edition

According to the LATimes, the Preznit issued an executive order last week that got very little notice — but it shifted the balance of power in the Pentagon from military to civilian leadership in the event of a "Doomsday scenario." This is the second change in the succession orders in six months.

A little-noticed holiday week executive order from President Bush moved the Pentagon’s intelligence chief to the No. 3 spot in the succession hierarchy behind Rumsfeld. The second spot would be the deputy secretary of defense, but that position currently is vacant. The Army secretary, which long held the No. 3 spot, was dropped to sixth….

But in its current incarnation, the doomsday plan moves to near the top three undersecretaries who are Rumsfeld loyalists and who previously worked for Vice President Dick Cheney when he was defense secretary.

Nothing like rewarding your cronies for telling you just what you want to hear, rather than rewarding military leadership who tell you the hard truths about things, now is there?

Nothing like devaluing the opinions and advice of the people with the real world, military experience when you are making decisions about life and death situations for our troops.

Who needs the voice of experience when you can listen instead to the voice of speculation — remember the whole "flowers and candy" greeting? I mean, that turned out well for us. Erm…well, not so much. Okay, how about the whole "there won’t be any rioting, we don’t need to plan for that." Well, no. Um…we don’t really need to up-armor our humvees because we’ll be closely guarding all the RPG and other weapons facilities in Iraq after the invasion? Um…

Okay, so maybe the voice of experience has its uses. Too bad the Preznit only wants to hear good news — actually doing your job can be such a drag.

(Hat tip to reader ExcuseMeExcuseMe for the link.)

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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