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In AD 2101 war was beginning. What happen? Someone set up us the bomb! We get signal. What? Main screen turn on. It's you. How are you gentlemen!! All your base are belong to us!! You are on the way to destruction. What you say? You have no chance to survive. Make your time. HA HA HA HA.... Take off every 'Zig' You know what you doing! Move 'Zig' For great justice.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Why I Blame Clinton

I'm a software developer. I used to work in the defense industry. One of my projects was for the intelligence community. It was running just fine when Bill Clinton first took office. Then, for some reason, the people who actually knew how software development worked started disappearing. One by one, the expert developers were replaced by entry-level developers. The project managers were replaced by managers from elsewhere. And all of them had one major thing in common.

They were scary people.

Project managers for the CIA are just like project managers from everywhere else. They aren't particularly different. But these new people were different. They were the kind of quiet, determined people that could and would get the job done by any means necessary.

They were the kind of people that you would want unofficially handling matters of national security from deep in enemy territory.

Now, I don't know for certain, and if I did I probably couldn't tell you. But here's my theory. Bill Clinton was in the process of closing a number of military bases, because he thought we didn't need them. I think he was shutting down field operations in the intelligence community, too. I think the best of those involved in those operations were being relocated to quiet office jobs where they could be yanked back into the field at a moment's notice when someone finally said "hey, we DO need those operations". So I think they laid off all the people they had to, so they could make room in the budget to replace them with these field personnel. (Face it, you just can't lay off the field ops. They're scary, as I believe I've already mentioned.)

On the macabre side, more than one of them commented that they were only there temporarily "until something blows up". And in retrospect I think that's exactly what they were waiting for; something like 9/11, to pound into the President's head that we really did need those operations. Awfully black humor, but that's pretty common in worst-case communities like intel and spec-ops.

Then, a couple years back, this project got cancelled - flushing over two hundred billion dollars of taxpayer money down the proverbial toilet. I think they yanked the scary people out of the project, replaced them with real project managers and software developers, and found the project could no longer be salvaged.

To cinch the matter, the prime contractor on this particular project was Halliburton. So if you connect the dots, Halliburton is probably getting preferential treatment because they took care of our displaced field personnel when we needed it. We owe them. And while Washington may not always make sense, when you connect enough of the dots, it tends to keep what promises it can. (I've also been told that Halliburton is the only company that COULD bid on the "unfairly-awarded" contract they've got; no other company in the nation has the capacity in the first place. But that's just hearsay.)

So I believe Clinton not only trashed our intelligence position overseas, but also made 9/11 or something like it inevitable. In the process, he cost a lot of people their jobs, because all those project managers and developers had to get laid off to make room for the former field personnel. And by forcing the project to run under the guidance of the wrong people, he cost the American taxpayers about a quarter of a TRILLION dollars.

And I think we ought to string the bastard up for treason. But that's just me.


  • At 7:44 AM, Anonymous Karl Gallagher said…

    Interesting. Makes sense from a few different angles. I was working on the side that didn't get hit by those cuts so there wasn't much change, just a bit less urgency in the business-as-usual.


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