Rosa Brooks, former Obama Defense Undersecretary and State Department Adviser, writes:
‘Cronyism also reigns supreme when it comes to determining who should attend White House meetings: increasingly, insiders say, meetings called by top NSS officials involve by-name requests for attendance, with no substitutions or “plus ones” permitted. As a result, dissenting voices are shut out, along with the voices of specialists who could provide valuable information and insights. The result? Shallow discussions and poor decisions.’
Ouch. A lack of leadership, executive experience and perhaps just American institutional experience. I personally suspect, like domestic policy, Obama may be ideologically further Left than many of the people who might know something. This could lead to fewer people he actually trusts and a smaller bubble.
Addition: A State Department Background Briefing On Libya; a conference call transcript of some of what happened during the Benghazi attack.
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