An interesting quote from Richard Holbrooke

November 27, 2009 at 9:37 am Leave a comment

by Alec Patton

Right – US realpolitik-oriented foreign policy operators don’t get a lot of column space on this blog, but I was struck by this quote from George Packer’s New Yorker profile of Richard Holbrooke:

Holbrooke described his method to me as “a form of democratic centralism, where you want open airing of views and opinions and suggestions upward, but once the policy’s decided you want rigorous, disciplined implementation of it. And very often in the government the exact opposite happens. People sit in a room, they don’t air their real differences, a false and sloppy consensus papers over those underlying differences, and they go back to their offices and continue to work at cross-purposes, even actively undermining each other.”

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