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  •  Never discount "ego" as a factor. (4+ / 0-)

    I know that you don't, OR; I'm talking about those who assume that all of the Pentagon's political posturing is all done in good faith and that they're all full of integrity and blah, blah, blah.

    Pentagoninators have staked-out their position.  Now they're put in a spot whereby if they end up having to recant, then they lose face, suffer wounded egos and may also come out on the wrong end of the next round of promotions and such.

    So they fight.


    The distinction that goes with mere office runs far ahead of the distinction that goes with actual achievement. H.L. Mencken

    by BenGoshi on Fri Jun 08, 2007 at 06:57:30 AM PDT

    •  Yes, the NIH (2+ / 0-)
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      (Not Invented Here) Syndrome may be at play here as well; that is a distinct possibility.

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      by occams hatchet on Fri Jun 08, 2007 at 08:11:36 AM PDT

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    •  Excellant point (2+ / 0-)
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      Nothing worse than an entrenched Beauraucrat being proven wrong. It really doesn't matter what the stakes are. They'll do whatever they can to make one look bad. That's why I quit working for the fed govt a long time ago. Things just don't change. Process is more important than outcome.

      The fact that people are dying and people of good will are trying to pressure the system to respond with evolving deadly attacks which one general mentioned have become increasing complex and will planned. Instead of a simple IED, it's now multiple IEDs accompanies with ambushes by insurgents firing  rounds at the soldiers via AK 47s and other weapons. . There are Many soldiers dying of small arms fire than before.

      But those that argue it's the IED, get about half of it. On an installment on the discovery channel a IED explosion was simulated on Dragon skin where nails,metal, and even metal throwing stars ( ninja shit) was blasted at the vest by a pneumatic device hand built where the pieces of metal that kill were traveling well past the speed of a bullet.

      The result: Not a single penetration was made on the Dragon Skin vest. That's not to say they won't get hit in a spot that the vest doesn't cover and die. But it increases the chances of survival and that's the point. It should be the only point.

      But ego and bureaucratic inertia focus people on minutiae like which forms were filled out. It doesn't matter if the forms were falsified. All that matters is the process was followed. Anyone going around the process , regardless if it benefits the people that the government works for or people who work for the govt, are considered threats to be retaliated against.

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      by Dburn on Fri Jun 08, 2007 at 11:03:43 AM PDT

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      •  I'm living this (or client it) w/case I'm ... (0+ / 0-)

        . . . dealing with.  Just egos run wild, using U.S. gov't as tool for bludgeoning a good person/whistleblower.


        The distinction that goes with mere office runs far ahead of the distinction that goes with actual achievement. H.L. Mencken

        by BenGoshi on Fri Jun 08, 2007 at 02:25:23 PM PDT

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