— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) March 5, 2019
The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Bob Bauer complements his (accurate) previous analysis.
Comey’s narrative at best, if taken at face value, puts forth a tragic example of how personal beliefs and biases, coupled in an amplified feedback loop create a delusion of self-righteousness and justification leading to bad judgment.
But they are in-congruent, with not-so-uncompromising values and integrity which can stand on their head when it would serve his interests and maintain a holy image. They cannot hold true at the same time and Bauer politely points it out.
Throw in unspoken, understated but evident religious undertones and overtones, he knew what he was doing when he created the explosive environment and then started a fire leading to an unnecessary and avoidable hell.
The word hubris has been mentioned by many. It is also true that all men of uncompromising integrity, with a stellar track record, who failed, did so in a critical point in time, with one or a series of bad decisions. People do err and fail but he is still not getting it. At this point, a man of integrity and humility (and a true Christian, since it is a big part of his personal brand, and if that mention has a place in civic discourse) should be apologizing to the nation, the FBI and the DOJ (and God since it is a big part of his personal brand.)
DOJ shirking its supervisory responsibility is no solace either. At the end though all “but for” tests lay the responsibility at the/that FBI’s doorsteps.
… at a time when it is exceptionally important to “stand up and support” the enforcement of institutional norms and regular order, Comey has declined to do so. It is surprising, then, that he remains convinced that his ethic of “higher loyalty” serves institutional interests and values. His reply to the IG report instead seems to show that, while there can be little doubt of his good faith, the nature of this loyalty is deeply personal rather than institutional.
Looking at the larger scheme of things … is there true higher morality or ethics involved, or only invoked, in well constructed legalese type closing arguments that do not stand closer examination legally, logically or morally?
Fact: Men in positions of authority, who as creatures of their job functions, experience or conditioning, feel superior in judgment and morality, imposing their versions and visions of truth on the public in (not infrequent or accidental) moments that are personally considered nothing short of divinely ordained.
A mixed King-Pope-Jesus like self image and self justification. In principle, this is exactly, and the foremost thing, the Founding Fathers wanted to avoid. It does not even need to be a question his intent. Devoid of (true) substance is an accurate characterization.
I guess I have mixed feelings 🙂
Both men are anti-political politicians, each of whom has an us-versus-them outlook and a single, simple solution for how to run things.
A good analysis for following a “sound process.“
Comey has a distinctive view of how the genuinely ethical leader may have to protect institutions by breaking with the norms and procedures that usually sustain them. But this view fails to address the question of process.
Since he was the Seattle guy … he makes some good points including: “Frankly, it’s hard to look away from the porn stars, Playboy bunnies and Russian spies …” I know it 🙂
Not saying he is all biased and he represents his inside view of the organization. There are opposing and genuine fact-based counter-points.
The “sound process” is often used as a safety go-to, and hide behind, in conjunction with plausible deniability to justify conduct and escape accountability. Processes can be, and are gamed and manipulated. Not defending Comey’s firing but Trump’s “process” was not any less sound. Ditto … Montoya and Comey question Trump’s intent.
The process for swallowing a cyanide pill is as sound as one for taking a lithium pill. They knew what they were doing.
I served under many different kinds of leaders in 30 years of government service, and I knew few who exhibited Jim’s sense of honor and integrity.
Oh the book about Trump … since without him there would not be anything extraordinary to sell. But then JC influenced (any many say changed the course of) the election.
But he is a Saint compared to his fiercely independent (and fatal) Seattle gang who blew a fuse and went ape-shit (multiple puns) after seeing one of their commemorative art work. Speaking of domestic and foreign terrorist partners …
Are these the end times for both America and the world?
An out-of-control ego intent on promoting its own interests — with no regard for the usual norms and conventions — dishes the dirt with cheap shots at opponents and boorish jokes about their personal appearance.
In so doing, it diminishes the standing and the status of one of America’s great institutions, risking deadly confrontation and a spiral into war.
Hang on to the seat of your pants. JC post (Orthodox) Easter raising Integrity-porn show about to start.
How to understand the man who may be the most significant supporting player of the Trump era, as he prepares to barnstorm the country on a book tour.