For John, BLUF: Remember Harry Truman's quip, "If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog." Nothing to see here; just move along.
Here is a blog post from "Doctrine Man", a sharp-eyed critic of the US Military. It is a 20 question interview with Writer Tom Ricks♠, and titled "The Beard that Roared". If you are interested in the views of a former reporter and current author with a focus on the US Military, then you can visit the site.
I have extracted part of Question 5 because it says something about our Nation's Capitol:
5. You have somewhat of a reputation for being irascible. What makes you “tick”?For reference, Dr Kurt Campbell is a former Assistant Secretary of State.
Kurt Campbell once observed to me that I didn’t want anything from anybody, and that made me both unusual and dangerous in Washington. I found that flattering. But it is true that I have what I want — the life of an independent writer.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Famous for writing Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2003 to 2005, but his most recent book is The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today, a not very flattering look at today's General Officers.