Few who follow world events can doubt that the Obama administration’s approach to multiple national security issues has been essentially the same as that of the Bush administration.
The Obama administration, beyond ending torture, has changed “virtually none” of the Bush administration’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) programs and operations,13 except that in continuing targeted killings, the Obama administration has increased the number of covert drone strikes in Pakistan to six times the number launched during the Bush administration.
These and related policies were formulated and carried out by numerous high- and mid-level national security officials who served in the Bush administration and continued to serve in the Obama administration. Given Senator Obama’s powerful criticism of such
These and related policies were formulated and carried out by numerous high- and mid-level national security officials who served in the Bush administration and continued to serve in the Obama administration. Given Senator Obama’s powerful criticism of such policies before he took office as President, the question, then, is this: Why does national security policy remain constant even when one President is replaced by another, who as a candidate repeatedly, forcefully, and eloquently promised fundamental changes in that policy
==National Security and Double Government (Michael J. Glennon)– (Excellent book and very worth reading)
Do not for one minute believe that President Obama is the “decider”, the one person who pulls the strings of the covert, hidden state or even one who is remotely deeply engaged in the decision making of much of the policies of subversion, of surveillance and acts of constitutional sabotage that are seemingly systemically conducted daily in America. For all his puffery, George W. was not in charge either. Presidents are puppets, figureheads as comfort food for the American people’s consumption. The current policies of State are not the result, as the conservative pundits have been pronouncing for years, joined recently even by much of the MSM, of the President’s obvious narcissistic personality disorder or general incompetence, but the purposeful, well planned agendas of the perpetual, unelected forces of the hidden government and the corporatist elites that support it.
Glennon has written an excellent book, it is a must read. However, the very compelling narratives one failure, at least in my humble opinion, is in a lack of clarity as to the overriding guiding principles that transcends the inherent laws of unaccountable, unelected bureaucratic systems. American policy is generated by a bureaucratic system whose goals, methodologies and purpose are totally unconstrained by the Constitution or the design and intent of the counterbalancing branches of government. It has become a system of mostly invisible governance unshackled, the direct result of an ignorant, detached electorate and elected representatives whose oversight is subjugated to the perpetual drive for maintaining their own seats of privilege. However, the minions who serve in this discrete, but dominant world are not only guided by the drive for increased power and control, they are themselves subservient and beholding to the corporatist and financial power elites whose ideologies and philosophical underpinnings permeate every corner of the hidden states consciousness.
The perpetual nature and power of the unaccountable hidden State described by Glennon is, however, scary enough without the added levels of a globalist, tyrannical, fascist evil. It all may simply be the gestalt of collective minds acting with apparent purpose, simply the natural result of similarity of education, bureaucratic processes and innate human tendencies. Or it is all something entirely more insidious and sinister.
“I think the American people are deluded.”
So says Tufts University political scientist Michael J. Glennon, whose new book, National Security and Double Government (Oxford University Press), describes a powerful bureaucratic network that’s really pulling the strings on key aspects of U.S. foreign policy.
The ‘double government’ explains why the Obama version of national security is virtually indistinguishable from the one he inherited from President George W. Bush.
“I think the American people are deluded… that the institutions that provide the public face actually set American national security policy. They believe that when they vote for a president or member of Congress or succeed in bringing a case before the courts, that policy is going to change,” Glennon told the Boston Globe in an interview published Sunday. “Now, there are many counter-examples in which these branches do affect policy… But the larger picture is still true—policy by and large in the national security realm is made by the concealed institutions.”
Glennon argues that because managers of the military, intelligence, diplomatic, and law enforcement agencies operate largely outside the institutions meant to check or constrain them—the executive branch, the courts, Congress—national security policy changes very little from one administration to the next.