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Sun Aug 25, 2013, 07:09 AM

7. It doesn't make much sense to me, either, to be honest.

However, during the Bush years, even as the whole mindset became more "With us or agin' us" the execution of the strategy became more ham-handed and incompetent (TSA, e.g.--so clumsy; and the agents just aren't paid enough to make smart people want to do the work). Reliance on contracted help is a two-edged sword--overall, it is cheaper (no pensions to pay out), but in the short term there can be overruns--waste, fraud, abuse, that kind of thing. Cheney and Rummy LOVED contracted help because they were in that business. I am of the mindset that contracted workers are useful, but they need direct, continuous, close military or civil service oversight--don't leave a bunch of foxes to watch our henhouses.

I can't figure Snowden out either. I don't think he's a simple patriot motivated by love of country, despite his pretty speech in Hong Kong. I'd love it if he was a CIA asset with a long end game we can't figure out, but I think that's a bit of a pony-digging wish. His associations, and his written statements going back years on ARS Technica, make me suspect that his motivation was Ron/Rand Paul Libertarianism, with a dash of anarchistic "just because I can" tendencies, but I honestly don't know. For a guy that seems desperate to come off as a thinker, he went about this in a very stupid way. Was he naive, was he dumb, or is he, in fact, in the place where he always intended to be, and was he a paid asset of Putin's? There's just no way of knowing. They've spirited him out of Moscow, he's not even living in that swinging hotspot--who knows where they've got him stashed? The fact that he's not speaking is odd, too--is that all about "saving the brand" for the Poitras documentary (like hiding away the Kardashian baby to create a buzz?) or is something else going on?

He'll speak, eventually, and then maybe we'll know more. Or maybe we won't.

Many questions--I have no answers (and I doubt anyone else does, either--no matter how vociferously they insist that they "know" this guy...).

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