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To: robowombat
It is just a monument to how individuals with a number of maladaptive personal traits react when they are also part of a dysfunctional organization.

True, but I would say that applies to all levels of government -- local, state, and federal. IMO the correct hermeneutic here to explain their actions is a reflexive, panicked power grab. Very much what we saw after 9/11. In all cases in which government in a crisis is shown to be inattentive and helpless, the recovery strategy seems to be to flex muscles and bellow about authority.

12 posted on 04/04/2012 2:07:26 PM PDT by Romulus (The Traditional Latin Mass is the real Youth Mass)
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To: Romulus
Yes, I spent literally decades working for the armed services and the period after 9-11 was the weirdest and most unpleasant. Those at the top really do become so involved in their pyramid games that they lose all critical distance. The mid level types where I was had expected some big thing from OBL Organization all summer. We just expected it to be overseas, maybe a big attack on a US base in Japan or Germany. But we were not psychologically stunned the way the people with stars on their shoulders were. The reaction from people at the top was an angry lashing out in all directions and mostly at their own subordinates and employees. Some of this was when all the holes and voids in the defense infrastructure that had been created by the ‘peace dividend’ quickly emerging. The elephants had all signed off on a lot of obvious nonsense in the 90’s and now there was real fear GWB would conduct an accounting of why such things as chemical weapons dumps being classified as industrial waste sites had happened. There is nothing worse than serving angry careerists fearful of their perks and positions.

I vividly remember a conversation with our new 0-6 chief as to where ‘his’ map and publications account was after the truly awful man who was the G-3 had had a tantrum about not instantly having maps of Astan. I pointed out to him that ‘his’ shop had no pubs account as the organization policy for purposes of economy was only one such account would exist and it would be controlled by admin services. Unfortunately the woman in charge of that account and the TS clearance officer was floridly bi-polar and had a big ego thing about restricting all pubs orders only to those absolutely mandated by regulation or statue so there were no maps and we could order none. I was treated to a major explosion of command rage which boiled down to ‘how dare you tell me I can't get anything I want and this situation is your fault you stupid lazy civilian’. That was the tenor of life for months as we labored to support the ramp up for Astan and then Iraq. We had done the drill so often during the 90’s starting with Panama in89 we could do it in our sleep but our leaders were shaken, fearful, angry and without a template and they took it out on the people they could control. Loyal US citizens. I often wondered if the same sour angry atmosphere prevailed after Pearl Harbor.

14 posted on 04/04/2012 2:56:37 PM PDT by robowombat
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