Flaming non-liberal blogger and Army officer Phil Carter:
[D]oesn't it say something about the war with Iraq that the counter-terrorism advisor was not part of the decisionmaking process? ... To me, it says three things. First, that Ron Suskind's reporting is right -- this White House really is run by its political offices (instead of its policy people). Second, that the opinions of professional policy people are probably less valued in this White House than is the norm. Third, that terrorism per se was not the raison d'etre for Operation Iraqi Freedom -- and that it never was a significant part of the decision to go to war.
All the right-wingers who have been rationalizing about Bush's brilliant reasons for going to war should stop right now and wake up to reality about the Bush strategy. There is nothing there. Experienced, high-level government officials like Beers and Clarke - along with people like Phil Carter - are telling you so. Why are you not listening?