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.)
Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military for the Washington Post from 2000 through 2008.