Phil Carter notes [*] the appearance of a book by Tom White, Bush’s first Secretary of the Army, who was made to walk the plank last May.
Phil, reflecting on White’s harsh criticism of the Pentagon’s planning for post-war Iraq, thinks that Bush’s arrogance and incompetence on matters military may come back to haunt him. Phil gently suggests that broadening the circle of decision-makers to include people who know which end of a gun is the business end would help.
All that’s wrong with Phil’s prescription is his the claim that it would fit naturally into Bush’s acclaimed MBA-style decision processes. That stuff was just for the press releases; for one thing, being a real CEO demands hard work, never GWB’s strong suit. The actual decision style around Bush owes much more to Don Corleone than it does to Jack Welch.