I can vaguely understand the point of putting together blue ribbon commissions like the ISG in order to deliver solutions from a source that seems above politics. I get that.
But doesn't the whole exercise severely undermine one's faith in our entire national security and foreign policy apparatus? I mean, presumably, we pay a large number of highly expert persons quite well to conduct these affairs, and yet, a group of ex-politicians is supposed to be able to take several weeks, compile some data, and tell us what to do next? Isn't the best course of action something our very expensive Departments of Defense and State are supposed to be able to provide?
I think the ISG is exhibit A in favor of libertarianism.
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