Kristol Just Now Notices The White House's Incompetence
Bill Kristol said this morning on Fox that regardless of whether or not many conservatives agree with Bush’s policies, his administration is too incompetent in the execution of government to carry them out.
Kristol also admitted that he noticed the sun comes up almost every day.
I think it’s become in people’s minds an emblem of the administration that just isn’t as serious about the competent execution of the functions of government as it should be. And even — I’m struck talking to conservatives and Republicans — they agree with the president on basic political philosophy, the they agree with his basic policy agenda, but they are worried that they just don’t seem to be able to execute as well as they should be.
It took Kristol six months after Katrina and nearly three years of a botched occupation of Iraq to notice this, not to mention the fiasco that is the Medicare Part D program. I guess little Billy wasn’t paying attention when John Dilulio correctly diagnosed this over three years ago with the “Mayberry Machiavellis” line.
Never let it be said that little Billy is the sharpest tool in Ma Kristol's shed.
The problem of course goes beyond competence, although there are plenty of examples to validate what Dilulio diagnosed years ago. Mendacity and blind trust in those who repeatedly lie and obfuscate their real agendas is at play here as well. Duncan Hunter gave us a good example of the latter this morning on “This Week” when he said that he wanted to kill the Dubai ports deal and agreed with Senator Susan Collins that the entire foreign investment committee process needs to be scrapped and replaced. And how does Hunter diagnose the problem?
"I trust President Bush, but I think he needs to get more information," said Hunter, calling Dubai a dangerous place. "I think they looked at it at a superficial level, and they didn't get those intelligence briefs."
Hunter actually thinks that if Bush had been given information that is already in the 9-11 Commission report, and numerous CIA and Treasury Department reports about the Dubai government’s support for AL Qaeda and its support for the Arab boycott of Israel, that Bush would have killed this deal. Hunter is a rube, a rube who supports the Taliban, and is on Brent Wilkes’ payroll, and doesn’t want to admit publicly what he knows privately: Bush cares more about pleasing the Emirates here for purely self-serving reasons than he cares about national security.
Hat tip to Judd at ThinkProgress