Because the military has become the “go-to” choice for conducting US foreign policy, it’s no wonder General McChrystal felt he could (and should) go directly to the Europeans to plead the case for his Afghanistan plan. The civil service no longer has the capacity to perform its national security duties, so the military has stepped up to the plate. It no longer has the capacity because, during the early ’90s, our infinitely wise Congress outsourced foreign policy decision-making to various think tanks. These “idea centers,” many highly partisan and faith-based, have elevated bickering, bias and bullheaded resistance to critical analysis to an art form. They have replaced constructive dialog with petty debates, putting our nation in jeopardy.
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