More on Politicization of State Department
The Washington Post reports further on the politicization of the State Department’s nonproliferation activities. Every administration pushes its own political people into the State Department, but not often into mid-level policy positions dealing with life and death issues. Usually the senior people rely on career staff to at least present them with a range of options, from which they can choose the options in keeping with that administration’s policies. But the Bushies are replacing the mid-level staff, which means that they only get options already scrubbed to reflect only the administration’s viewpoint. When the future of the world is at stake, this is not a good idea.
It shows that while Condi Rice has been getting favorable reviews from the liberal press as an enlightened leader of the State Department, she is continuing many of the close-minded, right-wing policies she oversaw at the White House.