Mr. Luce can’t quite contain his enthusiasm for Mr. Carter, whose credentials and experience look to be near perfect for a Pentagon bureaucrat, in fact he is a creature of the American National Security State. What he lacks, in common with Mr. Luce, is combat experience, a virtue that Mr. Hegel brought to the table. Although having an actual soldier/politician of the moral/political standing of Mr. Hegel was an impediment to his confirmation as Secretary of Defense: recall Sen. McCain’s maladroit questioning of candidate Hegel? To call it shabby,insulting and mean spirited also describes the political career of Sen. McCain. Mr. Luce somehow takes the opinion of Sen. McCain seriously as some kind of expert in the field of Pentagon management, when what he is expert at is a concerted campaign to sell war with Iran, recall his irresponsible and dull witted Bomb,bomb,bomb Iran? Mr. Carter is an ally of the hardliners on Iran but one might hope a more sophisticated rationalizer of such a policy.
On the vexing question of Obama’s ‘micromanagement’ : the president is in charge and as such that old saw ‘the buck stops here’ applies. The whole charge is to characterize the president as a dithering incompetent manager as confirmation of his political/moral status as other.