I found out something fascinating this weekend.
There’s a man I trust implicitly. I cannot reveal his identity because it would potentially jeopardize his security clearance. (Not you, Agent Little Bird, someone else…)
This is a guy- he’s a retired military historian and strategist, now working as a military management and leadership consultant- someone who I am very close to, and someone who didn’t vote for John Kerry last November. Not by a long shot.
He confided to me this weekend that he has completely changed his mind about the Bush Administration. He still identifies himself as a conservative and as a republican, but, he says, the administration in power “typifies neither.”
Our conversation was brief but he was very explicit that he wanted me to know about his change of heart. He promised that we will speak of it again soon.
Well…. I’m curious what his tipping point was. Aren’t you?
Here’s my theory:
I think that the professional military types may be feeling betrayed that their junior officers, NCOs and enlisted men are being thrown into the Iraq haymaker on what they now know is trumped up intelligence. The Downing Street Memos may have gotten a fraction of the coverage of the Runaway Bride, but these guys don’t survive combat and 25 years in a bureaucracy without developing a keen eye for details which affect them directly. The DSM? You better believe it affects them directly.
We’ll see. This gentleman has good, good friends in the shitstorm of Iraq. For him, this is personal. I can’t wait for us to sit down over bbq and tea and get caught up soon.