Presidents Can’t Seem to Change Government Bureaucracies

National Security and Double Government,” a book by Tufts University political scientist Michael J. Glennon, suggests presidents can’t change certain policies, particularly involving national security, no matter how hard they try. In the 2008 campaign, Obama promised to end the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping, close Guantanamo Bay and scrap or reform the Patriot Act. Yet he could not do so, because of the “cult of the expert,” the national security bureaucrat who has more knowledge than the president and can protect his turf. Click for Boston Globe piece

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