WOW, this guy is almost certainly one of the reasons I hate the State Department. From one of the brainiacs who screw up our rep around the world.
We no longer have a civilian-led government. It is hard for a lifelong Republican and son of a retired Air Force colonel to say this, but the most unnerving legacy of the Bush administration is the encroachment of the Department of Defense into a striking number of aspects of civilian government. Our Constitution is at risk.
OMG Sweetie, please call your therapist and get back on your meds. Our Constitution is at risk? C'mon now, I understand that it is tough to work for an organization whose main function is formalized lying in formal wear, but the idea that our entire system of government is at risk boggles. And while technically the Air Force is considered part of the military, you were obviously coddled and led to believe that gum-flapping with our enemies is useful. Well...wrong, at least until the action arms of DoD have softened them up a bit. But let's have a bit more hysterical hyperbole.
President-elect Barack Obama's selections of James L. Jones, a retired four-star Marine general, to be his national security adviser and, it appears, retired Navy Adm. Dennis C. Blair to be his director of national intelligence present the incoming administration with an important opportunity -- and a major risk. These appointments could pave the way for these respected military officers to reverse the current trend of Pentagon encroachment upon civilian government functions, or they could complete the silent military coup d'etat that has been steadily gaining ground below the radar screen of most Americans and the media.
Not to point out that your team has sucked HOOVER in any attempts to help us make friends or influence enemies, and perhaps that is why even Obama picks competent folks with military backgrounds. I mean if you wanna' win then you pick winners. Name me any major win by State, well pretty much ever. More whiny, freaking out.
One can also see the Pentagon's growing muscle in the recent creation of the U.S. military command for Africa, known as Africom. This new command supposedly has a joint civilian-military purpose: to coordinate soft power and traditional hard power to stop al-Qaeda and its allies from gaining a foothold on the continent.
Good gravy this is just ridiculous, Africom has one of the most innovative structures of a major command ever, it's Deputy Commander is a freaking State Department employee. Yes you heard me correctly. The number two for Africom, a military command is:
Mary Carlin Yates, a senior U.S. diplomat, is Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Activities (DCMA) of United States Africa Command. Among U.S. geographic commands, AFRICOM is unique in having two co-equal deputies -- a civilian deputy and a military deputy. The DCMA's military counterpart is the Deputy to the Commander for Military Operations (DCMO).
So this clown is whinging about the military taking over the world and somehow he ignores that fact that the State Department has infiltrated DoD at the command level. There is much, much more as he tries to establish a cunning plan to lead us to a military dictatorship, but in the end this is a sniveling weasel who wishes he and his smarty-pants friends were in charge. Well sorry chump, we have a tendency to put competent leaders in charge, not conspiracy-theorizing pantywaists.
James Joyner at Outside the Beltway delivers a quality beat down as well.