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Government Incompetence? Who Would Have Thought!

In a newly released CIA report the world learns what many of us have already figured out, namely that the CIA and other agencies failed us when it came to al-Qaida and in the prevention of terrorist attacks. “The agency,” the report states, “and its officers did not discharge their responsibilities in a satisfactory manner.” Unfortunately, this is a further blow to the hyper-competent view of the federal government that seems to gain so much credence to the thousands of conspiracy theorists and radical socialists alike. Odd, it seems, that so many people still breathe relief when governing authorities choose to take on more responsibilities when it is unable to even accomplish its most basic of responsibilities like building roads and protecting its people from foreign attacks.

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3 responses

  1. Molly P

    I love the analogy that I have heard used by others. If you want it run as efficiently as your DMV, then put the government in charge of it. Now consider national health care that’s as efficient as the DVM….I shudder to think of it.

    Perhaps gov’t would be better at roads and such if politicians weren’t always so eager to be noticed for doing something BIG and NEW.


    22 August, 2007 at 10:13 pm

  2. Molly P

    Just found this editorial today, which I also found interesting. It is frustrating how much of a role politics always seems to play. It seems that during the Clinton era, the word of the terrorist danger was out, but not pursued, while under Bush it was hushed until it was convenient (ie after 9/11). http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/23/opinion/23thu1.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

    Do you ever think about how much of what we call government is NOT elected officials?


    26 August, 2007 at 11:18 pm

  3. M. Jordan Lichens

    I can’t say that I’m surprised to find that incompetence crosses party lines. The fact that the terrorist threat was ignored also demonstrates the populism that our politics falls into: it will not accomplish basic tasks because those don’t make for good campaigning but it will pursue the most random of project to advertise in the next election.


    27 August, 2007 at 11:02 am