Condi's Yes Man


With all the hoopla about Condoleezza Rice replacing Colin Powell as secretary of state, less attention has been paid to her replacement as national security adviser. The Wash Post has an article today that casts a dim light on Stephen J. Hadley, whose career highlights include taking pain-free responsibility for the muffed intel in the 2003 State of the Union Address and letting the Pentagon "for allowing Pentagon officials to rewrite the summary of decision meetings more to their liking." And this evaluation from the 9/11 commish:

The Sept. 11 commission, which relied on extensive interviews with administration officials, portrayed Hadley as not effective in resolving several policy issues, such as the question of whether to retaliate for al Qaeda's attack on the USS Cole in October 2000 and the issue of how to use an unmanned drone aircraft, the Predator, that was being refitted with Hellfire missiles.

Whole story here.