You give up the right to complain

… when you can’t get your own act together:

It was a solemn pledge, repeated by Democratic leaders and candidates over and over: If elected to the majority in Congress, Democrats would implement all of the recommendations of the bipartisan commission that examined the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

But with control of Congress now secured, Democratic leaders have decided for now against implementing the one measure that would affect them most directly: a wholesale reorganization of Congress to improve oversight and funding of the nation’s intelligence agencies. Instead, Democratic leaders may create a panel to look at the issue and produce recommendations, according to congressional aides and lawmakers.

Playing politics with intelligence has consequences, particularly when you don’t play them very well:

Democratic leadership dust-ups this month severely limited the ability of House Speaker-elect Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) to implement the commission’s recommendations, according to Democratic aides.

Pelosi strongly backed Murtha for House majority leader, only to see him soundly defeated by Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (Md.). That chain of events made it difficult for her to ask Murtha, a longtime ally, to relinquish control of the intelligence budget from his consolation prize, the chairmanship of the Appropriations defense subcommittee, according to Democratic sources.

Not that there was any real hope of Congressional reform in this area in the first place, but miracles have happened. So we retain the status quo for at least another two years, which means no real pressure to make serious headway by implementing new ideas now. More study groups and tiger teams and meandering while the dinosaurs and their CSRS pensions grow fatter and the workforce we so badly need leaves for the mammal camp. Time will pass, memories will fade, and we’ll be in a perfect position for the next preventable disaster.

Hmmm, maybe building in “resilience” isn’t such a bad idea after all.

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