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Here's a new series... Things I would have said if someone else had not beaten me to it. These are things that have been rattling around in my head for days/weeks/months/years. These are ideas that have been half-formed in my brain, but were never written down by me. These are things that, if I were paid to write a column, I would have written about, because I would be facing a deadline and in desperation to submit 700 words, I'd take one of these half-formed ideas, give it a synthetic growth hormone, hope it doesn't develop a serious genetic defect, and submit it to the editor. Then I'd pray I'm not fired next week and replaced by the attractive smart-ass down the street. These are things that other people have beaten me to in developing the idea, so I am reduced to linking to the person who developed the idea.

Back in 1999 and 2000, George W. Bush campained in part on his bringing a business culture to the White House. This was to reassure people who where concerned that Bush doesn't seem smarter than the average mudskipper. Don't worry he told us, he'd know to bring in the best minds to each problem, and he'd delegate responsibility to them. Or as Dennis Miller described it before he lost his compass, Bush would surround himself with smart advisors like "a hole surrounds itself with a donut".

Kevin Drum, saying what I would have said, points out Bush is the CEO who winds up with golden parachute after mismanaging the company. Bush blindly delegated tasks to people, without seeing if they know what they're supposed to accomplish. He has mistaken delegating the task to someone for actually getting the task done. He does not follow up to see if the actual task got done. He's not even willing to revisit his core assumptions because he has a plan and it should work (and since there's no follow up, as far as he knows the plan does work).

While this is a pattern that has shown itself over, and over, and over again, it was struck in great relief to me after testimony to the 9/11 Commission. Bush read a memo saying "Bin Laden Determined to Strike in US", and saw it as whew, good thing they're on it. Someone reported it to him, so they must be taking care of it.

And with that disfunction, history changed course.