The Bush Principle

Via War and Piece: The Bush Administration is bringing new meaning to the term "fucking up":
WASHINGTON -- The man who insisted that President Bush make the claim that Saddam Hussein was seeking uranium for nuclear weapons in Africa is poised to assume a top State Department job that would make him the lead US arms negotiator with Iran and North Korea, according to administration officials. Robert G. Joseph, a special assistant for national security to President Bush until a few months ago, is on the short list to become undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, the nation's senior diplomat in charge of negotiating arms control treaties, said the officials, who spoke on the condition they not be named. Secretary of State-designate Condoleezza Rice, who was Joseph's boss at the National Security Council, has been a strong supporter of Joseph, the officials said. Joseph did not respond to messages yesterday. [...] "He should have been fired or reprimanded," said Joseph Cirincione, a senior arms-proliferation specialist at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington. "We see instead that he could be given the key position in the Department of State for all treaty and nonproliferation matters."
It almost seems like there's a direct correlation between the magnitude of the mistakes made and the level of promotion received. But what do I know? I don't have an MBA and Bush is the CEO President. The thing we all have to keep in mind is that this only seems outrageous to us because we're outside the Administration. From Bush's standpoint, the inclusion of the Iraq-Uranium-Africa connection was gold--it was successfully used over and over again in the run-up to the war, and people ate it up. It didn't matter that the intelligence was wrong, because they never cared about the intelligence in the first place. They only cared about one thing: getting their goddamn stupid war on. Bush's job performance standards are defined in terms of how successfully an individual used whatever it took as a means to an end. If an individual accomplished this, despite whatever scruples he or she may have had, their loyalty to Bush was proven, which in turn guaranteed they'd stick around and, in many cases, be promoted. This is what happens when you have a President that prides loyalty over competence. This, too.