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Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Subversives

Michael Barone makes a point that I have been emphasizing here for some time -- a significant portion of the federal bureaucracy, both military and civilian, is subversive in the sense that they resist and try to undermine political leaders.

Civilian and military, those who have been undercutting administration policy do so in the belief that their views are more in the nation's interests than the conclusion of the Texas cowboy whom the voters somehow elected president. State and CIA are filled with professionals educated in elite universities dominated by the left and, while not as wacky as their professors, have come away with the default assumption that liberals are always right.

Many military officers, who increasingly have graduate degrees from such universities, seem to have imbibed similar habits of mind.

In addition, officers assigned to regional commands seem, like diplomats assigned to one area, inclined to go native.

This is the trouble with bureaucrats imbued with the cult of expertise. They think that they are the government. Administrative "professionals" and area "experts" tend to see the political process as an impediment to effective government -- something to be evaded or overcome. But it is through that democratic process that the government itself is legitimized. When they seek to evade or ignore the demands of political authorities, these "experts" are subverting not just the administration but the government itself. The professionals, not the politicians, are the real enemies of the American people and it is they, not our elected figures, who should bear the brunt of our frustration and anger.