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.”
Let's face it, the federal government is a big entity, with billions upon billions of dollars in spending, thousands of installations and offices, and millions of employees. It's not just an entity, or series of entities -- it's a sector of the economy unto itself.
So when President Obama said the following today (in the context of discussing who in his administration knew about Operation Fast and Furious, and what they knew) , he really was simply expressing a mathematical truism:
"At any moment in the federal government, there will be people who do dumb things."
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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