Insider Quote: Quiet, De Facto Military Takeover

While serving the State Department in several senior capacities over the past four years, I witnessed firsthand the quiet, de facto military takeover of much of the U.S. government. The first assault on civilian government occurred in faraway places — Iraq and Afghanistan — and was, in theory, justified by the exigencies of war.

Thomas A. Schweich
The Pentagon is muscling in everywhere.
It’s time to stop the mission creep”

WaPo │Sunday, December 21, 2008; Page B01

Thomas A. Schweich served the Bush administration as ambassador for counter-narcotics in Afghanistan and deputy assistant secretary of state for international law enforcement affairs.