At last, Steve Hadley is out of the loop. Yes, he’s the national security adviser, but now he’s not responsible for what goes on in Iraq and Afghanistan. But even when he was in the loop he was out of the loop.
Senator Jack Reed wondered yesterday, during a confirmation hearing for Hadley’s de facto replacement, Lieutenant General Doug Lute, why Hadley shouldn’t just be fired:
Lute said Hadley would not be cut out of the loop: “I see my role as Steve Hadley’s teammate on Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said.
But firing Hadley would be six years too late, Jack. As I noted in November 2005, the 9/11 Commission Report revealed Hadley as incompetent in the crucial months before the planes rained down on us. The report concluded:
At the time, Condi Rice was national security adviser, and Hadley was her chief deputy. In fact, Clinton’s outgoing national-security aide Richard Clarke briefed Hadley and Rice on January 3, 2001, before the inauguration, on Al Qaeda. As the 9/11 Commission Report noted:
Hadley explained to the commission — on page 263, in the chapter “The System Was Blinking Red” — how he and Rice reacted to this:
Guess that task didn’t fit in with the job description of “national security adviser.”
Now Hadley is responsible for everything that’s not Iraq and Afghanistan. That means he’s responsible for our security, here in the U.S.? Good luck with that.