Sometimes here in Washington you begin to see a pattern among seemingly unrelated things. Sometimes you begin to wonder if a certain prevailing atmosphere can have a common impact on starkly different decisions. Reckless expedience, for instance, could be blowing in the wind just now.

The phenomenon seems to begin as high-level Washington officials itch for action. The evidence that could justify a desired action is weak or lacking altogether. The officials, nonetheless, are convinced their cause is just. They're certain the end is so desirable and will so well serve the higher good that


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