Monday, June 16, 2003

Just as Dubya's invasion of Iraq was getting started, in the name of fighting Terror, his top NSC antiterrorist officer, Rand Beers, resigned. At the time he claimed personal reasons; now, having accepted a post as an anti-terrorism advisor to current Democratic front-runner, John Kerry, he's being more specific; he personally feels that Dubya's administration just isn't serious about fighting terrorism:

"The administration wasn't matching its deeds to its words in the war on terrorism. They're making us less secure, not more secure," said Beers, who until now has remained largely silent about leaving his National Security Council job as special assistant to the president for combating terrorism. "As an insider, I saw the things that weren't being done. And the longer I sat and watched, the more concerned I became, until I got up and walked out."

Billmon has a lot more about this resignation and its implications, but it's worth taking a long look at a quote which both billmon and the WaPo bury at the bottom of their pieces:

"The first day, I came in fresh and eager," [Beers] said. "On the last day, I came home tired and burned out. And it only took seven months."

Part of that stemmed from his frustration with the culture of the White House. He was loath to discuss it. His wife, Bonnie, a school administrator, was not: "It's a very closed, small, controlled group. This is an administration that determines what it thinks and then sets about to prove it. There's almost a religious kind of certainty. There's no curiosity about opposing points of view. It's very scary. There's kind of a ghost agenda."

Now, whatever could that agenda be?

Update: More on Dubya's possible agenda, via Tristero...


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