people. Inside the Pentagon, the uniformed military, the generals, admirals, colonels and thousands of other officers and civilians, were largely focused on planning and equipping the force for future wars rather than effectively fighting the wars they were in—Iraq and Afghanistan. There were too few officers on the Joint Staff or the various services working every day to help the war fighters come home alive, Gates believed.
“Bush fucked up the world,” Podesta said, “and fucked up America’s place in the world, and digging out of that would be very tough.”
Penn defined diplomacy as getting someone to do something they did not want to do without shooting them—a skill she had.
The Afghanistan War has been under-resourced for years, Mullen said. In truth, there was no strategy, he added, knowing that Bush’s national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, would kill him for saying that.