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This, for instance, is a doozy where I come from: In Monday’s Washington Post, Greg Jaffe reports that in Afghanistan, “[p]rominent members of conservative, Washington-based defense think tanks were given permanent office space at [Petraeus's] headquarters and access to military aircraft to tour the battlefield. They provided advice to field commanders that sometimes conflicted with orders the commanders were getting from their immediate bosses.”
And here I thought civilians in Washington were supposed to “listen to the generals.” Turns out, it sometimes worked the other way around. Tax dollars, I assume, were used to provide that office space and access to military aircraft to the same people who so brilliantly helped enmire us in two wars after 9/11; what could go wrong?
Well, if they let Blackwater actually run around without any legal framework, I guess this is just par for the course for the conservative movement. No Rules, No Shame.