Thursday, June 05, 2008

Bureaucrat of the Day--Secretary Gates

DOD Secretary Gates has fired the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff. The problem was security of nuclear weapons, which had been screwed up twice. But in the background was Gates' problems with the AF on unmanned drones--apparently the flyboys haven't been as enthusiastic about them as everyone else. (Sort of hurts the self-image of a flyboy to be flying from behind a desk. Can you imagine Sen. McCain or Pres. Bush being enthusiastic drone flyers?)

Gates gets a nod for firing big shots for poor performance, something that rarely happens, even in the private sector.

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