Monday, June 16, 2003

Bush NSC Aide Resigns, Joins Kerry Team

I found this Washington Post article on Rand Beers resigning quite interesting. To resign after 35 years of government service so abruptly is kind of unheard of, to resign from a Republican Administration and then sign up to join a democratic candidate's team to oust your former boss is unheard of. It is brave however, and it is good to see that what Mr. Beers has done, can be done--even if you disagree with him. In the end, it is a little scary that an insider felt he must resign because not enough was being done with the war on terrorism.

Beers's resignation surprised Washington, but what he did next was even more astounding. Eight weeks after leaving the Bush White House, he volunteered as national security adviser for Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.), a Democratic candidate for president, in a campaign to oust his former boss. All of which points to a question: What does this intelligence insider know? "The administration wasn't matching its deeds to its words in the war on terrorism. They're making us less secure, not more secure," said Beers, who until now has remained largely silent about leaving his National Security Council job as special assistant to the president for combating terrorism. "As an insider, I saw the things that weren't being done. And the longer I sat and watched, the more concerned I became, until I got up and walked out."


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