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The important decisions of the country are being made by a smaller and smaller group in the White Houseā€¦. The Executive Branch has lost the ability to use the resources that are there [The Civil Servants].

Mead argues that this is a trend that has been operating over many administrations. It could be argued that modern communications and the media have been significant drivers of this phenomenon along with the desire for White House staff to have as much control as they can obtain. Before modern communications, an Ambassador, or a Secretary of Commerce had to make decisions within the philosophical and political umbrella of the President’s general policies. They could not communicate immediately with the President or his staff. But once everyone in the government was connected, the President’s staff could make every important decision. However, with the many different major issues and emergencies of the modern era, the small group in the What House have not been able to deal with them all and the bureaucracy has been instructed not to decide big things without going through the White House. See {642086}.

Walter Russell Mead, Editor-at-Large of The American Interest, Co-founder of the New America Foundation, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations, CNN The Global Public Square, October 12, 2014

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Walter Russell Mead
Walter Russell Mead
  • Born: June 12, 1952
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Academic

Walter Russell Mead is an American academic. He is the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and Humanities at Bard College and previously taught American foreign policy at Yale University. He was also the Editor-at-Large of The American Interest magazine. Mead is a columnist for The Wall Street Journal and a scholar at the Hudson Institute.

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