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Rory Stewart on being a government consultant

He speaks much truth:

It's like they're coming in and saying to you, 'I'm going to drive my car off a cliff. Should I or should I not wear a seatbelt?' And you say, 'I don't think you should drive your car off the cliff.' And they say, No, no, that bit's already been decided -- the question is whether to wear a seatbelt.' And you say, 'Well, you might as well wear a seatbelt.' And then they say, 'We've consulted with policy expert Rory Stewart and he says ...'"

(Hat tip to man-about-town Randall Michelson of greater Los Angeles. How come all my best tips come from California? I suspect it is casued by the great new syrahs and other Rhonish wines coming out of the Central Coast. I think with global warming in a few years we'll be talking about the new Rhones coming out of Cornwall and Sussex.) 

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PTSD: Taking it too damn far

I have a lot of sympathy for people carrying around PTSD. It sucks.

But now I see where a former spokesman for the British ministry of defense says he has post-traumatic stress disorder from telling so many lies about the Iraq war. Really? If that were really the case, I'd expect to see the sidewalks of Washington crowded with former Bushies gone barking mad.

Hey, look out the window ...  

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