Perhaps it's a foolish thought: Is this an issue on which dotCommonwealers of all persuasions and none might agree-- apart from the story's amusing aspects?"General Motors did not set out to become a benefits agency that occasionally built a car, said Arnold L. Punaro, a retired Marine Corps major general and head of an independent board appointed by Mr. Gates to examine Pentagon spending. We dont want the Department of Defense to become a benefits agency that occasionally kills a terrorist....When you have a head dog, you also have a deputy dog, then a deputy deputy dog, and a deputy deputy deputy dog, said General Punaro. The layers are suffocating the bureaucracy.http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/27/us/27generals.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp
Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal.