Marshall on Bush’s Anti-Accountability Causality Loop

As long as I’m pointing to Joshua Micah Marshall, I have to mention this item, which really sums things up nicely: Again and again I read…

Again and again I read — or hear directly from administration supporters — this excuse that any questioning of the administration’s record in foreign affairs, or Iraq, or even on other matters is just a deplorable focusing on the past, a distraction, when the nation faces grave challenges which we need to focus on solving.

This is more than just simple buck-passing. It is a sort of through-the-looking-glass version of how problem-solving and accountability are supposed to work. It also has the perverse benefit of allowing the scope of the administration’s failures to become reasons for not discussing those failures — a sort of self-reinforcing anti-accountability causality loop, with all manner of moral hazards built in.

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