On Thursday, the Defense Department said that in order to blend in, special-operation forces often don the insignia of forces they accompany. On Friday, after Turkey complained, a spokesman called the action “unauthorized and inappropriate.”
Great column by David Broder today on how when it comes to Iraq, Congress has asked the Bush administration to do what it regularly demands of federal agencies: set reasonable performance goals and report on progress toward achieving them. The Defense Department has until July 11 to respond. It'll be very interesting to see what they come up with, and whether Congress demands that the president commit to applying the principles of performance measurement to Iraq on a regular basis.
Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.
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