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The Business Side of Government

Mitt Romney wants to run the government like a business. He claims that to do so would be more efficient and productive. People like me who have worked for a long time in both government and the business world would probably find that assumption a bit of a stretch. The private sector is just as incompetent as the public sector, particularly in larger companies which operate pretty much like the government does anyway. The only difference is that when a private company makes bad decisions it eventually runs out of money and goes out of business. The government just prints more money and keeps going. There is no indication that Romney will order the Treasury to stop printing money when he makes bad decisions.

Mitt is missing the point — the government is increasingly acting as if it were the private sector, with competition going on to determine who gets to tell the “real” bin Laden story insofar as it has not been already leaked by the White House. There was a report earlier this week regarding a flurry of emails within the intelligence community to determine who would get the Central Intelligence Agency’s “CTC treatment” to produce a movie on the killing of Osama bin Laden. CTC is the Agency Counter-Terrorism Center, which means that the lucky winners would get the inside scoop on what went down, probably to include a walk through and maybe even the right to film some background footage incorporating all the bright lights, bells, and whistles of the Counter-Terrorism Center itself. Regarding the winning team Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal of The Hurt Locker fame, CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell gushed, “we’re here to help with whatever they need.” Agency Public Affairs Officer George Little was thanked personally by Boal, who appreciated Little’s “pulling for him…it made all the difference.” Little replied, “I want you to note how good I’ve been about not mentioning the premiere tickets.”

Well, one hand washes the other and the fusion of the real world fakery of the intelligence community with the fake world reality created by Hollywood should have been expected. Presumably Bigelow and Boal will make lots of money and Little will get his tickets. It’s all good business.

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Phil Giraldi is a former CIA Case Officer and Army Intelligence Officer who spent twenty years overseas in Europe and the Middle East working terrorism cases. He holds a BA with honors from the University of Chicago and an MA and PhD in Modern History from the University of London. In addition to TAC, where he has been a contributing editor for nine years, he writes regularly for Antiwar.com. He is currently Executive Director of the Council for the National Interest and resides with his wife of 32 years in Virginia horse country close to his daughters and grandchildren. He has begun talking far too much to his English bulldog Dudley of late, thinks of himself as a gourmet cook, and will not drink Chardonnay under any circumstances. He does not tweet, and avoids all social media.

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