June 16, 2003

Former Adviser Launches Criticism

They're not only jumping ship - they're starting to talk.

Beers's resignation surprised Washington, but what he did next was even more astounding. Eight weeks after leaving the Bush White House, he volunteered as national security adviser for Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.), a Democratic candidate for president, in a campaign to oust his former boss. All of which points to a question: What does this intelligence insider know?

"The administration wasn't matching its deeds to its words in the war on terrorism. They're making us less secure, not more secure," said Beers, who until now has remained largely silent about leaving his National Security Council job as special assistant to the president for combating terrorism. "As an insider, I saw the things that weren't being done. And the longer I sat and watched, the more concerned I became, until I got up and walked out."

In the wake of this war, we're seeing increasing indications that the justifications presented to us were not the internal justifications, and we're seeing that politics is driving the decision making rather than intelligence. The frightening thing is that we are looking at very decisive political decision making, and then a great effort at selling the result to the American people. (Link: Washington Post)

Posted by James at June 16, 2003 4:20 PM
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Oh my . . . this is where it all gets scary. This guy sounds like a real solid professional who really knows what's going on - no conspiracy theory, no frantic screaming - but the tale he tells it just the sort of behavior you expect from apresident who was less prepared to take over this office than anyone since - well, since Harding. And Harding didn't have terrorist to deal with, just friends who wanted to make a killing on drilling for oil on government lands.

Posted by: Greg at June 16, 2003 8:16 PM

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