Right. Hire the folks who are going to run the reconstruction of Iraq by grabbing random resumes off the Heritage Foundation website. Don’t bother to pick anyone who speaks Arabic, or knows about the Middle East, or has studied development. Staff the budget office with political science majors who can’t read a balance sheet.
Given Team Bush’s almost Maoist sense of the transcendent importance of politics, political reliability is everything, and competence is nothing. I can understand their applying this to stuff they don’t actually care about. But the Iraq adventure was their crown jewel. How could they have tossed it away so casually?
If George W. Bush is defeated for re-election because of the chaos in Iraq, he will have earned it.