Monday, January 08, 2007

President Queeg and his inability to admit a mistake

Paul Krugman draws on "The Caine Mutiny" for an analogy:
I began writing about the Bush administration’s infallibility complex, the president’s Captain Queeg-like inability to own up to mistakes, almost a year before the invasion of Iraq. When you put a man like that in a position of power — the kind of position where he can punish people who tell him what he doesn’t want to hear, and base policy decisions on the advice of people who play to his vanity — it’s a recipe for disaster.

Consider, on one side, the case of the C.I.A.’s Baghdad station chief during 2004, who provided accurate assessments of the deteriorating situation in Iraq. “What is he, some kind of defeatist?” asked the president — and according to The Washington Post, at the end of his tour, the station chief “was punished with a poor assignment.”
So, what's going on with the strawberries? And what do you call a mutiny when it takes place on a storm-tossed ship of state? Impeachment?

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