Great! We now have an official Department of Homeland Security typeface and color scheme, but no actual organizational capacity to protect us from anything in particular.
Someone needs to tell the Bush Administration that “marketing” is a complement to actually doing the work, not a substitute for it. Of course, any idea started by Joe Lieberman and staffed out in a process run by Andy Card figured to be a disaster. And of course having five WH staff guys who don’t seem to have known anything about the actual operations of the agencies involved make key decisions didn’t help.
For example, the Gang of Five decided to move the Immigration and Naturalization Service, but not the Executive Office of Immigration Review, which housed the immigration judges, out of Justice and into DHS. Why? They didn’t know that there were officials called “immigration judges.” And of course they couldn’t ask any of the people who do the actual work of running the government, because the whole deal had to be kept secret from the rest of the Executive Branch so Tom Ridge and Andy Card could “bamboozle” the Cabinet secretaries by presenting them with a done deal.
Richard Clarke wanted to include a Department-level policy shop; as he said, that’s just Bureaucracy 101. But Mitch Daniels at OMB didn’t want to spend trivial amount of money that would have been needed to staff such a shop.
No, I’m not making this up. Read the damned story, complete with quotes from the people involved.
GWB isn’t stupid. But the Bush II Administration — except for its mastery of partisan politics, its capacity to keep the Republicans on the Hill in lockstep, and its brilliant media control — is an idiot studying to be a moron, and not studying nearly hard enough.