Brent Scowcroft Center Senior Adviser Harlan Ullman writes for UPI on the disarray facing the Obama Administration:
November 5th, of course, marks the day that Guy Fawkes plotted and failed to blow up Parliament in 1605. Metaphorically, many believe that the White House is in such disarray that, in essence, it has exploded as Fawkes would have liked. Others argue that President Barack Obama should implode his administration and bring in a new national security team.Alas, the fundamental problem does not rest in Obama’s national security team or his cabinet. The problem is embedded deeply in the White House. The buck rightly stops at the Oval Office.
Too many anecdotal reports swirl around Washington to be dismissed merely as gossip amongst the chattering classes. A senior White House official long engaged in national security moved to a very senior position in an important department. That official confided that after several weeks in office, the source of the problems plaguing that department was the White House and its micromanagement.