IF, repeat, IF, a clear critique of pre-9-11 ever comes to light, there will remain partisan arguments, political and otherwise.
Anyone who has been in any close proximity to the military establishment (ie DOD), or any other government agency for that matter, knows there exists a lot of dead wood who disposal is/was long overdue. The drag of ...this is the way we've always done it...is all too prevalent. Too many prima donna's. Too many Clark's or Clarke's, and when/if one of them writes a book, particularly during a time like the 9-11 inquisition, unearned credibility attaches.
But, Josh, watch with the caveats..Sarcasm..even with it, it would appear that you might be implying that the Democrats would organize to ...SMEAR... someone. Unforgivable.