SHOOTING THE MESSENGER….Josh Marshall has an interesting post today about the steady loss of Middle East experts from the Bush administration:

On the key issues that matter to this administration, particularly the Middle East, there’s been an exodus of government experts out of the executive branch into exile on the Hill, at National Defense University, and various other outta-the-way parts of the national security bureaucracy. A lot of these folks got canned like those Abrams dropped at the NSC. Others just got the message when they were instructed not to pen any reports or tender any advice which conflicted with the administration’s favored policies. Everyone who leaves makes one more open seat for a think-tank hack who will tell the politicals what they want to hear.

And speaking of Josh, am I the only one reading the steady stream of war skepticism at TPM who wonders if his pro-war stance is on very thin ice these day?

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