Cheney's hawks 'hijacking policy'
...the pursuit of national security decisions often bypassed "civil service and active-duty military professionals", and was handled instead by political appointees who shared common ideological ties.
Didn't I write about this once before?
So, you're President (you lucky duck, you). You need to be well informed. What do you do? Surround yourself with people who tell you what you *want* to hear? Or those who tell you the truth? Christ on a skateboard, if I was president, I would go out of my way to build balanced committees and a cabinet -- preferably non-partison, but I'll settle for balance.
We *need* debate. It is the mechanism by which everyone's voice gets heard.